Community concerns about Memorial Park remain

July 2, 2007 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Memorial Park / Buckle St | Leave a comment

After a meeting between Mt Cook School and parent representatives and the Memorial Park Project Committee on the 26th of June, it seems officials intend to press ahead with commissioning park designs that expect Buckle Street to run next to the school boundary. Here is the draft design brief, New Zealand Memorial Park: Conditions for the Design Selection Process, where no alternative scenarios are suggested. And, here is the timetable for determining the final park design.

Until 6 July
Drafting of detailed design brief, including input from school.

By Friday 6 July
Select short list of designers and distribute detailed design brief.

By Friday 17 August (approx)
Deadline for designs.

20-24 August (approx)
Interest groups (including the school) have opportunity to view the designs and comment.
Selection panel selects final design.

27 August – 26 October (approx)
Contract with designer and detailed landscape design.
Input from interest groups (including the school) on areas of detailed design which affect them.

Note that there is no delay to monitor pollution levels, as discussed with Mt Cook School and parents. Therefore the detailed design brief is likely to still direct landscape designers to consider only one roading option – redirecting Buckle Street alongside Mt Cook School. If things proceed in this way, our input into the brief will be a relatively insignificant footnote. And, if so, the submitted park designs will not reflect the health and safety concerns of residents and won’t show other reasonable and feasible alternatives to the layout preferred by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

If this alarms you please contact us so that we can let you know of opportunities for expressing your views alongside other local people. Mt Cook School is currently investigating legal options while some parents are organising to approach local and central government politicians.

Go to the mtcookmobilised wiki to view the presentation by Mt Cook School and parents to the Memorial Park Project Committee, along with further background information.

Posted by Geoff

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