Auckland Council’s Auckland Domain committee is set to approve a comprehensive redevelopment programme on Wednesday for an area at the foot of the domain.
It’s on both sides of Kari St, running off the bottom of Grafton Rd, above the Grafton Mews office precinct & Auckland Bowling Club and below Auckland Hospital. Motorway ramps fill the rest of the gully at that point.
The masterplan assumes new uses on the site of the specialist nursery which provides plants to the Domain Wintergarden.
Activities proposed for the transformed area include a multi-sport gym & 5-a-side turf field (in conjunction with Auckland University); a woodland trail; nursery sheds retained for removable ping pong tables, general storage & alternate use for a market; basketball courts (convertible hoops for netball); volleyball courts; a boardwalk in from the Domain’s centennial walkway; and senior & junior BMX trails.
Both proposals won majority approval from submitters – 67% for development of the play space and 17% not in support; 65% for development of the plant nursery area, 7% not.
In a report to the committee, council landscape architecture manager David Little says final designs are complete for the Kari St Commons area & the natural play space. If the committee approves the concepts, the council will move to seeking resource consent.
Mr Little says the council has a budget to progress both projects in the next financial year. The council will consider a request for extra funding on Thursday, at its finance & performance committee & governing body meetings, to improve Domain accessibility.
Links to committee agenda items, Wednesday 30 May:
9, Natural play and Kari St Commons concept approval Recommendation
Kari St Commons draft concept design
Natural play space draft concept design
Te Aranga design principles assessment relative to both play concepts (presented to mana whenua in December)
Attribution: Council committee agenda.