Ponsonby Park – February 2023 update

Happy New Year everyone, despite it already being February! We hope the holiday season even though wet, nonetheless enabled you all to be rested and restored for the busy year ahead.

The Community-Led Design (CLD) group is excited as we commence 2023 as this is the year that physical work will, at last, begins on-site at 254 Ponsonby Road. As per the Council timeline below, Phase 1 physical works are scheduled to commence in July 2023. BRILLIANT!

Council timeline for the two-phase development of the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road aka Ponsonby Park

It was (way) back in March 2016 that the Waitematā Local Board first embarked on the CLD process to establish Ponsonby Park, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road. They did so to ensure the creation of an urban space that matched the needs of the local residents, the local businesses, and visitors to the area. Next month our volunteer CLD group will have been working for 7 years to successfully bring about the new civic space, so we are thrilled the start of the physical realisation of the project is imminent.

We congratulate both the Waitematā Local Board and Auckland Council for their vision and foresight in returning to the two-phased approach for the development of Ponsonby Park. Doing so has resulted in a great outcome for everyone with the first phase of the development funded and now well underway.

By all metrics, the CLD process has been hugely successful and has resulted in the (International award-winning) LandLAB, Park+ design*. Our thanks to LandLAB and everyone who has participated in the process to date.

1243 people signed the petition for a ‘whole-of-site’ open space

698 people responded to the WLB’s 254 Ponsonby Road consultation

190 people responded to the 1st CLD consultation

115 people responded to the 2nd CLD consultation

1208 people responded to the 3rd CLD consultation

With social connectedness increasingly important and relevant, Ponsonby Park will be the common ground that enables everyone to come together to rest, relax and recreate. A place to meet new people or catch up with old friends, to enjoy some of the many activities, exhibitions & markets that the civic space will be able to host. These are the very things that build and nurture a community and that is why Ponsonby Park is precisely the infrastructure and amenity the community has shown that they want and need. Along with the essential climate mitigation, it will also provide. The development of Ponsonby Park will create a new focus for the neighbourhood and it will be an attractor to the Ponsonby area that will also help support and help revitalise our local businesses.

The Ponsonby Park development will commence in July 2023 – EXCITING!

Bring it on!

*In November 2018 LandLAB’s Park+ design won the international ‘World Architecture News – Future Civic category’ award.
It was also shortlisted at the prestigious ‘World Architecture Festival’ in the “Future Civic” category. We look forward to the project winning the completed award in the future too!

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