Millton Memorial Park Plans Approved

The Rangiora-Ashley Community Board approved the Millton Memorial Park Master Plan at their meeting earlier this month.

An example of an arboretum in autumnThe main feature of the plan is to create a large area devoted to specimen plantings of trees and shrubs (an arboretum) with inter-connecting pathways.

Also included is a new dog agility area, a realignment of the small dog park and areas have been identified for the relocation of the North Canterbury Model Railway Club and future public toilets.

Thirteen submissions were received on the draft plan during public consultation between December 2020 and January 2021 and included the following themes:

  • Plant more trees
  • Extend the small dog park area
  • Additional seating in the arboretum area
  • Support planting exotics
  • Support large trees and greenspace areas
  • Seal the pathways
  • Restrict dogs and cyclists on paths
  • Support the plan

Board Chair Jim Gerard said they were pleased with the feedback from the community which helped shape the final plan.

“We appreciate the time people took to share their thoughts and ideas with us. Following a few small amendments, we’re really excited to see the reserve develop into an attractive area for everyone to enjoy.”

The plan includes all of the new features outlined in the draft plan, however the design and layout were changed to reflect community feedback.

The small dog park was realigned to make sure there is space for more croquet courts to cater for anticipated growth. The alignment does not impact on the size of the dog park, it rather makes it a slightly different shape with no changes to existing paths and the shelter.

The realignment meant that the dog agility area was moved eastwards to include an area under the existing pine trees, most of which will be tidied up and retained. Feedback from the community indicated that they wanted the trees to be included within the dog accessible areas, to provide shade as well as a more natural environment for dogs to exercise and socialise in.

The Friends of the Dog Park are now planning what the agility area will look like, and exploring various funding options for agility equipment.

The Board also approved the space for the North Canterbury Model Railway Club, who plan to construct a new building to house their displays.

A toilet facility is planned to be built in years 2024/25 of the Council’s Long Term Plan.

All up, the budget for the reserve development (excluding the toilet) will be approximately $169,000.

Now that the Community Board have approved the Master Plan, the next steps are to implement it over the coming years as budget becomes available.

In other business the Board approved a grant of $500 to the Southbrook School’s Board of Trustees towards the purchase of a whiteboard tble for the year 0-1 space, along with a $250 grant to the Cust-West Eyreton Playcentre towards the cost of bringing Birdlife Productions Theatre Company to the playcentre.