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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!