Gardens could receive overhaul

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Oamaru’s public gardens could get a makeover but it will depend on what residents want, says Waitaki District Council recreation manager Erik van der Spek.

The council has released a draft Reserves Management Plan for public consultation detailing the proposed changes.

If proposed renovations go ahead, the council will work with the community to develop a new natural playscape playground. They will either restore Craig Foundtain or replace it with a replica.

Community groups will also decide the outcome of the aviaries, upgrades to the Alps to Ocean cycle track, signage, community gardens and what will be worked on done first.

Mr van der Spek said it was up to the community as to whether or not the upgrades would proceed.

“It will simply depend on how much the community likes these ideas and either get in behind them or provide some similar ones for us to look at.”

However, Mr van der Spek said that anything given the go-ahead would be funded by donations, fundraising and some money from the council.

“We would like the people of the Waitaki district to carefully consider the proposals, how they might impact on them, what they would like to see changed and how they see reserves being used in the future.”

“We have some wonderful reserves, parks and recreational areas in the Waitaki district so it’s important that people take the time to consider the proposal and have their say,” he said.

Mr van der Spek said the community could make submissions on the proposal until June 4.

“We hope to receive a lot of submissions from the community, the more the better. This means what we are proposing is being noticed by residents.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY