Source: Auckland Council
On 28 June, the Governing Body approved $14 million in additional funding for Kaipātiki Local Board, on top of an approved $8 million budget allocation.
As part of Auckland Council’s 10-year Budget, the board had advocated for increased funding for improving and maintaining council-owned facilities at Birkenhead War Memorial Park.
Council facilities at Birkenhead War Memorial Park include the Osbourne Pool, Birkenhead Leisure Centre, a Skate Park, a BMX pump track, and the old now-closed grandstand. The grandstand will soon be removed and the site used for a planned multi-sports facility at the park.
Kaipātiki Local Board has been advanced $200,000 this financial year for the development of its business case. This will be developed once a master plan for the park has been completed and adopted in April 2019. Design and consenting work is currently scheduled to occur in 2021, with project build and delivery taking place in 2022.
Kaipātiki Local Board Chair John Gillon says the funding approval is good news.
“The timeline proposed and adopted by the Governing Body means that we won’t have a replacement facility until 2022. We’d like it sooner, so are engaged in discussions with the council to explore how we might be able to deliver one year earlier,” says Gillon.
Funding for grandstand demolition and removal was granted in June and is expected to take place over the coming spring months.