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Gladstone Park is a sport and recreation reserve located on Gladstone Road in Woodend.
The park covers about 31 hectares. Currently only some of the land is used for sport and recreation (about 13 hectares); the rest of the park is managed as a Council forestry resource. With growth in the Waimakariri District there is now a demand for more sport and recreation facilities at Gladstone Park.
In September 2014 we asked for ideas and suggestions for Gladstone Park. The community told us they would like to see more sport activities and more recreation activities. A summary of the community ideas and suggestions is included below.
Some of the ideas and suggestions were included in the draft master plan for Gladstone Park. Other ideas, such as the half basketball court or skate park, would be better in another location, preferably a busy spot where there are lots of people around. Some facilities are also typically provided by sport clubs (e.g. a running track or cricket nets). There is plenty of space at the park if a club wants to put these in. Some suggestions, such as a swimming pool, were unfortunately outside the scope of the project.
As well as using the community ideas and suggestions, Council staff have been working with a Gladstone Park Working Group to develop the draft master plan for Gladstone Park. This group includes representatives from the local sport clubs using the park and local resident/community associations, and representatives from the Woodend-Ashley Community Board.
Council has prepared a draft master plan (pdf, 2.0 MB) to guide the further development of Gladstone Park. The draft master plan shows how Gladstone Park could be developed over time. Some parts of the draft plan could be put in place over the next three years. Other parts would be projects for the future. Feedback on the draft master plan was received by the Council from 30 September to 30 October 2015.
The key features of the draft master plan include:
The master plan for Gladstone Park is a long-term plan for the development of the park. There is $900,000 in Council’s Long Term Plan to start works. This funding is spread over the next three years (out to 2018). The current funding will not cover the costs of implementing the whole draft master plan. Some parts of the draft master plan will depend on future population growth and demand for sport and recreation reserve space. Therefore some elements could happen much later on.
In April 2016 the Woodend Ashley
Community Board approved the draft master plan for the development of Gladstone
Park. This plan included a three stage development which would see new sports
fields developed, the creation of a dog park, extension of the playground and a
new path linking Hakatere Road through to the clubrooms and out to Gladstone
Since the approval of this plan,
Council staff have been working alongside the Gladstone Park Advisory Group and
a variety of contractors to begin implementing the first stages of this plan.
The derelict house that once stood near the entrance to the park has now been
removed from the park, leaving a nice picnic area which is earmarked for a
future carpark should the need arise. A number of tall pine trees and poplars
have been removed from behind the clubrooms and work is currently underway to
draw up the specifications for the carpark extension by the rugby club and the
linkage path through to Hakatere Road. It is hoped that construction on the
path and carpark may start in late February to early March.
Work has already begun along
Hakatere Road where the pine trees have been limbed up high to allow views and
access through and a contractor is currently clearing the undergrowth along this
bank to provide easy access into the park for Pegasus residents. Roughly seven
hectares of land has also been cleared and transformed from impenetrable broom,
gorse, blackberry and pine wind-rows into an open area ready for the
construction of the dog park and future sports fields. Work is now underway to
design and install a new irrigation system to provide water to the new sports
fields and plantings.
For further information contact Grant Stephens on 03 311 8900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org