Makeover for Millton Memorial Park

Waimakariri residents will soon have an opportunity to share their feedback on the development of Millton Memorial Park, following the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board’s approval last week to consult on a draft plan for the area.

An area of Millton Reserve that is set to be developedStaff outlined the proposed features of the plan at the Board’s November meeting, which includes an arboretum (an area devoted to specimen plantings of trees and shrubs), and expansion of the dog park with an agility area.

A space has also been identified for the North Canterbury Model Railway Club to construct a new building to house their displays.

A public toilet is included in plans, and is budgeted within the Council’s Long Term Plan for year 2024/25.

“We’re looking forward to sharing the draft Plan with the community and encourage residents to tell us what they think and give us their ideas and feedback to help form the final master plan for the reserve,” says Board Chair Jim Gerard.

During a deputation to the Board in June, Rangiora resident Trevor Wright expressed his vision for an arboretum, and the Board were supportive of this vision. Staff are now looking into tree species that will thrive in the stony, free draining soils of the area.

The Board have used funds from their General Landscaping Budget to help seed the reserve development to get it off the ground more quickly.

“The Board are very supportive of the reserve development that will also enhance the entrance into Rangiora for those crossing the Ashley Bridge,” says Jim.

Feedback on the proposed plan will open later this month and more information will be available on the Council website.

In other business, the Board approved a recommendation to change two courtesy crossings to pedestrian crossings.

The crossings are located on Percival Street and Victoria Street (at the Alfred Street intersection) and with an increase in foot traffic through these areas, the change to pedestrian crossings will better accommodate people moving through the township.

The final item on the agenda was the approval of a Discretionary Grant of $494 to the Rangiora Toy Library towards the purchase of a wooden climbing frame and slide to help with the development of children’s motor skills.

The final meeting of 2020 will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 9 December in the Function Room at the Rangiora Town Hall.