Pocket park for Pacific Heights

Cutting the ribbon at the new park are, from left, Ngati Manuhiri Kaumatua Ringi Brown, Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, Changda International NZ vice president Jinxing Xue and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Gary Brown.

A new neighbourhood park was officially handed over to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board with a ribbon cutting ceremony last month.

It is in the Pacific Heights subdivision in Orewa, which is being developed by Changda International NZ. Ultimately it will include 574 dwellings – a mix of standalone homes, town houses and apartments.

Development manager Olric Thomas says the original design brief for Pacific Heights was a high quality development that included areas of higher density where they could be supported by reserves, which is why the park is located opposite terraced housing.

The park is around 2000sqm and includes a slide, log scramble, bike racks, picnic tables, fruit trees and an electric barbecue.

At the ceremony, there was a welcome and blessing by Kaumatua Ringi Brown and speeches from Changda vice president Jinxing Xue, Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and Local Board chair Gary Brown.

Development of the site commenced in October 2016 and building is set to begin early this year. More than 100,000 plants have gone in to mitigate areas lost due to development.

Mr Thomas says the development also includes a significant contribution to walking paths with new pedestrian connections to Nukumea Stream riparian margins to the north and new pedestrian walkways to the east and west to be developed in future stages.

“In this way, this pocket park serves a larger catchment than only Pacific Heights – it is for the wider community,” he says.

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