The Inuwai Street park in Dixon Heights is the first park to support the new neighbourhood in Peacocke.
A basic park was established as part of the housing development in the area, however the Council has budget in its 2018-28 10-Year Plan to create a better space for the neighbourhood to enjoy.
A food bowl for the area
Following discussions with mana whenua and the local community in late-2019, the park will celebrate the area's previous life as a food bowl for Maaori and English settlers.
Tangata whenua grew crops such as kumara, taro and hue and later, after English settlers arrived, wheat and corn were grown and milled at the local Tiireke Mill.
In more recent years, the land had been used as market gardens and orchards by English settlers to grow potatoes, pears and apples.
The playground picks up on these themes and will include traditional plant and fruit tree varieties, as well as planter boxes for a future community garden.
The final design
The park will include a basketball half-court, flat grassed areas and a playground with swings, slides and balance equipment. There will also be picnic areas, cycle and scooter racks and a drinking fountain.
Check out the concept designs to see what will be in the park
Mana whenua have supported the name 'Inuwai Park' and this will be considered at the Council's Community Committee meeting in April before being formally named by the Council. There is also space for a pou to be installed at a later date.
|Feedback from local community and mana whenua||Complete 2019 |
|Develop concept design / park layout||Complete January/February 2020|
|Construction||In progress March – May 2020|
|Opening||Late May/June 2020|