How do you want to see Wilson Park space used?
Draft concept plan for popular park is now open for public consultation
The retention of much-loved green spaces and additional trees for shade are some of the key features proposed for Waih¯ı Beach’s Wilson Park. Feedback on Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s draft concept plan for Wilson Park is now open. Along with the retention of the green space the community and visitors know and love, the plans also enable more tree planting on the banks for shade, and power to be supplied to the site to support events taking place. Council’s senior recreation planner Katy Mcginity says it is great to see that at the heart of the draft concept plan is what the Waih¯ı Beach wha¯nau wants. “The community have indicated to us they’d like to see a few changes, but nothing drastic. The theme of maintaining the green space that’s already there came through strongly, with the community keen to ensure the natural landscape remains. “We believe this proposal strikes a good balance. “The concept reflects the modern needs of our Waih¯ı Beach wha¯nau, and their hopes for the space today while planning for its future use too.” In February, council asked the community what they use the park for, and what could be put in place to ensure it continues to be one of the community’s favourite places. “We’re keen to hear what you think of the location, layout and facilities outlined in the draft plan, and whether you think the draft plan provides for all users of the site,” explains Katy. “This is your space, and it’s important that the concept incorporates what you love to do at Wilson Park. “The best way to be sure the plans reflect what you want is to ko¯rero with our friendly team or share your thoughts online.” Feedback can be provided online at haveyoursay.westernbay.govt.nz/ wilsonpark, or kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) on Saturday, July 2 at Waih¯ı Beach Community Centre between 10am and 12pm, or you can fill out a feedback form at the Waih¯ı Beach Library. Once feedback has been collected, any necessary adjustments to the plan will be considered by the councillors. Funding will then be sought through the 2023/24 Annual Plan process and the next Long Term Plan to implement the concept plan. Feedback is open until Sunday, July 17.