Tamahere rates increase makes way for top-of-line park

A concept plan of the Tamahere Recreation Reserve Plaza.

Residents in Tamahere have opted for a top-of-the line sports and recreation park following a survey carried out in July by Waikato District Council.

The survey asked locals whether they wanted basic or enhanced facilities for the planned Tamahere Recreation Reserve and Piazza – the latter requiring a hike in annual rates.

The results released last week showed 64 percent (443) of the 690 respondents said they were prepared to pay the additional $38 estimated per year for 15 years, while 35% (244) supported a basic level of facilities.

The enhanced option would include a better and bigger playground, a more exciting skatepark, a fitness trail looping the reserve, a basketball half-court and higher specification walkways and park furniture.

Details of the design package.

“I thought it was important that we leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy at the reserve,” said Aksel Bech, Tamahere Ward Councillor and Tamahere Community Committee member.

“The community of today and the future deserve a serious level of awesomeness.  I’m pleased that the majority of respondents to the consultation agree with us, and are prepared to pay an additional targeted rate to make it happen.”

The Tamahere Community Committee were extensively engaged in the initial concept and design process and will continue to be involved in establishing a detailed plan the reserve incorporating the survey results.

As work progresses, updates will be provided at the Tamahere Community Committee meetings, held on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm at the Tamahere Community Centre.

The targeted rate will apply from July 1, 2018.

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