Plans Approved for Dudley Park Community Space

The Rangiora-Ashley Community Board’s approval of concept plans to create a more community-friendly space near Dudley Skate Park is a huge leap forward.

Youth sitting on a table at Dudley ParkThe Waimakariri Youth Council (WYC) have been working alongside Council staff to look at how the park can be made more inclusive for more people.

The Board approved the plans at their meeting on Wednesday which sees several new features added to the park with the intention of creating a more inviting place.

The Board thanked WYC for their help in getting feedback from a wide range of users to help shape the final concept plan.

“The Youth Council have done a fantastic job bringing everyone’s ideas together and the new features will create a great area for all to enjoy”, said Board Chair Jim Gerard.

The idea was proposed by the WYC in response to reports of anti-social behaviour. They were keen to see diverse features added to the park to make it more community-friendly for families and young people, specifically in the area around the skate park.

The final concept plan has been developed alongside Council staff with input from the local community.

The project has a $40,000 budget, of which $20,000 is funded through the Council’s 2019/20 Annual Plan, with the remaining budget to be fund raised by WYC.

The Boards approval of the plan allows the WYC to go ahead and seek funding for other elements included in the design.

The first feature to be installed is an ‘activation platform’, followed by:

  • Mounded seats
  • Play features
  • A picnic table
  • A volleyball net.

Council staff are keen to see which features are successful so that they can be utilised in other spaces across the District. The Council will work with the WYC to carry out surveys to see if the additional features are successful in making a more youth and community-friendly space.

Discretionary Grants Fund

In other business, the Board approved a discretionary grant of $500 to the Okuku Pony Club towards the purchase of two new show jumping rails. The new rails replace old ones and will help maintain the professional image of the club at their upcoming one-day-event and other club rallies.

The North Canterbury Federation Women’s Institute are hosting a craft day in July with the aim of helping members to learn new skills and pass on their knowledge to other women. They received $260 towards crafting supplies and hall hire.

The next Rangiora-Ashley Community Board meeting will be held at 7pm, Wednesday 14 July in the Function Room at the Rangiora Town Hall. All are welcome to attend.