Great news about the playground upgrade. The Henderson-Massey Local Board has approved the budget and the concept plan has already been created. The theme and colour scheme is intended to reflect the location as a foreshore reserve. The design hasn’t yet been finalised but we hope to see the final plan soon and if permitted, we will upload it here soon. There was a great response to the survey and this feedback has been used to inform the plan for the playground. Strong support was expressed for fitness stations.
Update to this story here
Great news! The consultation process has started. You can complete the survey online here up until 10pm on October 7: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/topics-you-can-have-your-say-on/upgrades-riverpark-reserve/Pages/default.aspx
There will also be the opportunity to meet with Auckland Council staff in person onsite at the existing playground location on Thursday 27 September from 2pm -4pm. Our liaison person is Lucy Ullrich and the designer will also be there so we’re hoping lots of people will come along with their ideas to discuss what can be done. The playground has slowly been shrinking over the years so we’re very excited about finally managing to persuade people that we deserve an upgrade. We are also keen to get fitness stations installed and are working with the Lions Henderson-West Auckland to see how that funding can be obtained. You will notice that there are some questions about fitness stations in the survey. The more positive the responses to these questions, the better support we will have to lend to our funding application. Please have your say!
We decided to participate in the GJ Gardner Homes Clean Up Week by picking up rubbish in the small area of bush at the start of Woodside Road, Massey. Gloves and bags were provided and we had permission to take all of the rubbish to the Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Station. Seven volunteers (Nicole, Susan, Olga, Alix, Ivan, Lois and Jacqui) turned up this morning promptly at 10am and we managed to collect a whopping 280kg of rubbish!
10 bags were filled with general rubbish and 4 bags were recyclables. We also picked up a tyre, some kitchen cabinet doors (melamine), 2 packets of Noel Leeming leaflets as well as a few straws and soft drink containers with domed lids. There was a large quantity of treated wood and particle wood. This was really disappointing because someone had obviously been doing some renovating and just dumped the old wood into our small patch of reserve. This kind of thing doesn’t break down for a long time and also isn’t safe for our environment and our creek, the Lower Swanson Stream.
We took a break half-way through to enjoy some watermelon ice-blocks, thanks Ivan for cycling down to the dairy to get them and Olga for shouting them!
We chased up Auckland Council for information and finally heard back last Thursday that they haven’t completed preparation of the survey yet so there won’t be any consultation onsite this coming Thursday (23 August). Not sure what is causing the delay.
We have requested information on whether the survey will be available online or by hard copy and apparently that decision hasn’t yet been made…
Great news! Consultation is about to begin for the proposed playground upgrade. Lucy from Auckland Council is finalising the survey which will be distributed to local residents. There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback onsite on Thursday 30 August from 2pm -4pm. The survey includes a question on fitness stations. Now it’s time for our community to say what they want.
In other news, the Lincoln Scout Hall is scheduled to be moved to Waimauku at the end of this year. We’re not sure if the playground upgrade will be making use of any of this space but are glad that there is finally some action being taken. It’s sad to see it go but it’s been even sadder to see it sitting neglected for so long.
We were delighted to welcome so many friends and neighbours to our free event yesterday. We were celebrating Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2018 as well as being part of the EcoWest Festival 2018.
Our theme for the day Magic Rocks@Woodside was a great success with 27 children managing to find painted rocks in return for a prize. In keeping with EcoWest and Woodside Community Garden, our prizes were garden-orientated with each child receiving a tool belt with garden tools along with either a packet of Sunflower seeds (courtesy of Yates NZ) or a LittleGarden (courtesy of New World). They also had the chance to paint their own rock to take away and we hope some of those rocks will later be hidden in parks as part of Westie Rocks! Nicole was in charge of the rock hunt and prize-giving as keeping an eye on the painting activities, which proved challenging at times while being a lot of fun! She also took lovely photos of all of our winners – see below…
Sausages donated by Tegel NZ and falafels (vegan/vegetarian option) were expertly cooked by Olga on our new portable barbeque, its first outing, purchased with funding from the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS). Woodside Community Garden volunteer and herb expert Karyn provided her signature rhubarb tea, using rhubarb from the garden with complementary fresh herbs from the garden added on the day by Gilles. It was good to see Henderson-Massey Local Board members Shane Henderson (Chair) and Brenda Brady making the effort to come and meet locals.
This year, we decided it would be great to have some music down at the park during the event so Olga organised for Lauren Collins to sing for us. It really added to the atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed it. Kids blowing bubbles in the sunshine added a bit of stagecraft to the scene… Check out Lauren’s YouTube channel, link below.
We held a free raffle for adults with Monique our prime mover in handing out tickets (one per person). The prize was a lime tree, green string bag, 2 bottles of Yates fertilizer spray (one for citrus) donated by Yates, a New Zealand calendar and a large plastic tub (to take it all away in!). The raffle was won by Helen and was picked up from Monique by her son Laszlo yesterday afternoon (photo at right). Congratulations Helen and happy gardening!
We’d like to extend a big thank you to the following who made our event possible; Henderson-Massey Local Board/Community Waitakere (Neighbours Day grant of $200), Yates NZ (Sunflower seeds and 2 x Yates spray guns), Tegel NZ (chicken sausages). We would also like to thank Nova for coming along prepared to provide Storytime for the children though the attraction of finding and painting rocks proved a little too exciting for most.
Special thanks to Sinead from Auckland Council for organising the essential portaloo for the day from Park and Maintenance Services (Ian). We couldn’t have managed without one. Plus all of the volunteers and friends who helped with set-up and break-down. Thanks guys!
Hear and see more from Lauren Collins on her YouTube channel…
Thanks to Henderson-Massey Local Board/Community Waitakere for awarding us $200 (Neighbours Day grant) to support our event. Delighted to report that Lauren Collins will be singing at our event tomorrow. All welcome;