BY JARROD MELMETH
Following community feedback in 2020, the draft plans have been released for the upgrade to Gregson Park in Hamilton.
The key features of the draft masterplan include an inclusive playground, multi-sports hub and outdoor community events space.
The former bowling club site would be transformed into a community shelter site with additional seating open space.
Council says the project is intended to be implemented across a ten-year period with the playspace, realigned paths, plantings and community shelter to be completed in the first five years.
Long-term the council plans to include an active recreation area, community gardens and storm water retention tank.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says the feedback received from the community has shaped the plans.
“We heard that the community wants to see the incorporation of Aboriginal culture, more planting of native species, an upgrade of amenities, improvements to the playspace, creation of spaces for the community to come together, provision for active recreation, and the retention of the existing heritage elements and much-loved fig trees.
“The new masterplan for Gregson Park, which showcases three key components including a new playspace, community hub on the former bowling green and multi-sports activity hub, aims to celebrate the existing heritage of the site and Awabakal culture, while meeting the recreational needs of the local community,” Cr Nelmes said.