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Maclean Park management plan and long-term upgrade

Kāpiti has grown up with Maclean Park, and we want to sustain and enhance its character and mana for future generations with forward thinking and great ideas to create a contemporary destination park the District can be proud of. 

Over the past year over 1500 people, businesses and organisations have shared their ideas on the future of Maclean Park - thanks to everyone who had their say!

Following on this community engagement and consultation, on 7 December 2017councillors adopted the new Maclean Park Management Plan, which includes the overall development plan, and outlines our plans for the Park’s long-term development.

The Maclean Park Development Plan wasn’t identified in the FutureKāpiti Long Term Plan 2015-35. This means budget for any development activities will need to be explored as part of the long term plan process. There might also be opportunities to explore outside funding. 

What's happening now?

The Park’s development will be done in several stages, as outlined in our Development Plan. Stage one of the Park’s development will run from 17 September 2018 to mid-2019 and includes:

  • building a new recreational grass space where the unused kiosk and pond currently sit [complete],
  • adding outdoor furniture and BBQ’s to the new space; 
  • starting work on a central path to connect the northern end of the Park to the local shops.

Check out the landscape plan for improvements we are working on having complete by the end of June 2019.

What’s happening in the next stages?

Longer term plans for the Park’s development will likely include building a pedestrian route from the top of Maclean Street to the boating club; an all year round interactive water feature for children to play in; an older persons’ playground; and a scooter track beside the skate park. Timing for these projects will depend on the availability of funding, so we’ll be keeping you up to date.

Our Management Plan gives us a framework and guiding principles as we work through projects for the Park. We want Maclean Park to be a welcome place for people of all ages to play, relax and enjoy, while also enhancing the natural environment of the park.

We've set aside approximately $700,000 in the first six years of our draft long term plan to progress work at Maclean Park. We'll start development by removing the pond and kiosk, relocating the keyhole basketball court, and building a scooter track and barbeques. A new amenities building, water-play feature and older persons' playground are planned for later.

At the southern end, we'd like to better connect the park to the shops and make it work better for events, markets and other uses. At the northern end the management plan paves the way for restoring the Tikotu Stream environment and better facilities for those who use the park to access the beach for boating. In addition, the management plan supports a 'gateway' for Kāpiti Island visitors.

Questions about the Maclean Park Management Plan review

What's a Reserve Management Plan?

A Reserve Management Plan is prepared under the requirements of the Reserves Act 1977, and contains objectives and policies for the management, protection and future development of a reserve.

What's the difference between the Management Plan and the Development Plan?

A Management Plan is required to:

'…provide for and ensure the use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection and preservation…and the development, as appropriate, of the reserve for the purpose for which it was classified…’

A Management Plan lets us establish the desired mix of uses and values for a reserve, and set policy that guides the day-to-day management. It provides the community with certainty about the function and management of the reserve. A Management Plan doesn't provide detailed design of structures and facilities on a reserve. 

A development plan outlines how a reserve could be developed and needs to align with the management plan. We've included a proposed Development Plan as an appendix to the Maclean Park Draft Management Plan outlining how the park could be developed in the long-term based on community consultation. This will help us make decisions about the park’s main assets and work in partnership with other agencies, organisations and groups to maintain or improve these assets over time.

Why did Council review the Maclean Park Reserve Management Plan?

The review of the Maclean Park Management Plan resulted from a submission from the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board during the 17-18 annual plan process, requesting a development plan for the whole park. Because the existing Management Plan was written in 1993 the Management Plan needed to be reviewed to allow for a development plan to be prepared.

How much will this all cost?

The Maclean Park Development Plan wasn’t identified in the FutureKāpiti Long Term Plan 2015-35. This means budget for any development activities need to be explored as part of the long term plan process. There might also be opportunities to explore outside funding. 

We need to take a long term and pragmatic view on how we meet the needs of our communities not just for the next three years, but for the next 20 to 30. So through the long term planning process we’ll be looking at how we can deliver on our commitment to spend less and pay back more debt, while at the same time working to develop an achievable programme of activity for developing Maclean Park.

What consultation did Council do during the  Reserve Management Plan review process?

There were a range of opportunities for you to contribute your ideas for Maclean Park and the management plan throughout the project.

Formal notification of intention to review the Plan – 30 November 2016 to 20 February 2017 (Complete)

We heard from the community via:

    • Hui with Te Ātiawa rangatahi
    • Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board and Council engagement at Paraparaumu Beach Market Day
    • 1,000 participants at the ‘The Maclean Park Experience’ event
    • 600 postcards distributed
    • 269 online and paper surveys
    • 192 park ‘wishes’
    • 149 interviews with over 300 people
    • 49 Create-a-Park designs
    • 14 workshops with key stakeholder groups
    • Archaeological site assessment

Download a summary of community feedback from this stage.

Development concept options – 27 April to 25 May 2017 (Complete)

In response to Stage 1 feedback we prepared three concept development plan options for Maclean Park, which combined a range of possibilities for future improvements. An online survey and paper version was developed and promoted widely, which aimed to find out:

  • Which concept and/or concept features respondents liked the most
  • What respondents would most like to see in each area of the park
  • Respondent’s opinion on how important the development of Maclean park is for our district.

200 people provided feedback via the survey.

During this stage we provided:

  • face-to-face opportunities with Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board and Council staff, including events in the park and the Paraparaumu Beach Market
  • information and updates on our website and Facebook page, and in our electronic newsletter      ‘Everything Kāpiti’ which anyone can subscribe to
  • printed information at our libraries and service centres
  • information and notices in local community newspapers
  • plans and posters at local clubs community facilities and businesses
  • on-site signage.

Download a summary of community feedback from this stage.

Draft Management and Development – 2 August to 3 October 2017 (complete)

We carried out formal consultation with the community on the Draft Management Plan and proposed Development Plan and used a range of channels to make sure the wider community were aware of this final stage of community feedback.

Community input phase 3: Draft Management Plan submissions (complete)

Find out more about this stage of the refresh.

Hearing of submissions (complete)

Council hearing of submissions, was held on 19 October 2017. A summary of these submissions can be found in the adopted Management Plan.

How have you worked with local iwi?

This Management Plan has been prepared in partnership with Te Āti Awa as mana whenua and the site is also recognised as site of significance by Ngāti Toa. Through a series of information sessions, meetings and onsite workshops we developed a plan that expresses the values of both our iwi partners as well as the wider community.

Maclean Park is located in an area of great historical significance to the people of Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira. The wider area was originally occupied by the settlement know as Te Uruhi Pā, which was located in the vicinity of Te Uruhi Lake and the Tikotu Stream which flowed from the lake out to sea.

What is the vision for the park?

Maclean Park will be a destination for all; a place to meet, play, relax and connect with Kāpiti Island, our heritage and environment.

Questions about the Development Plan

Where can I see the development plan?

It's part of the Management Plan 2017.

Why is the proposed Kāpiti Island Gateway project area at the northern end of the park?

This area has been identified as a possible location because:

  • there's a functional benefit in minimising the distance between a biosecurity checkpoint and the      departure point for boats
  • the area around the Tikotu Stream mouth is historically important as an entranceway to and from the      mainland and a connection point to the ocean for local iwi
  • our consultation has revealed that there are strong recreational and play values associated with the central portion of the park which aren't compatible with this activity.
  • the southern end of the park is a long way from the boat launching area, which could create logistical issues for biosecurity checks.

Will the pond change?

Yes. The first stage of community engagement revealed that people want clean water in the park that could be ‘seen, touched and interacted with’. The pond in its current format doesn't meet these criteria. Following this we prepared three draft concepts which aspired to incorporate water into the park to:

  • provide for safer water play
  • use water to enhance the aesthetic experience of the park
  • contribute to improved knowledge, water quality and natural values of the Tikotu Stream
  • improve land to sea and sea to land linkages.

The feedback we received in Stage 2 was strongly in favour of options which didn't include a pond. The final development plan does not include the existing boating pond.

What will go in the place of the current pond?

The footprint of the pond is approximately 1800m2 and the development plan re-purposes this space to improve park access, circulation and provide in its place:

  • a scooter park
  • a full size keyhole basketball court
  • an older persons play area
  • all-seasons water play plaza
  • barbecue facilities and
  • a larger picnic and events lawn. 

How will water be 'seen touched and interacted with' in future? 

The development plan:

  • provides for safer water play through the introduction of an all-seasons water plaza
  • uses water to enhance the aesthetic experience of the park, including constructed and natural features
  • contributes to improved knowledge, water quality and natural values of the Tikotu Stream and the restoration of its estuary.
  • improves land to sea and sea to land linkages.

What do you mean by an all-seasons water plaza?

This would be developed through community consultation during a detailed design stage. The intention is to provide a water feature that provides interest and opportunities for play and enjoyment all year round - a typical 'splashpad' doesn't operate through the winter months.

People have also asked for a water feature that contributes to the 'sense of place' at Paraparaumu Beach. The proposed water plaza would be an aesthetic experience and an opportunity for expressing the cultural and/or ecological values of the site.

What will happen to the kiosk?

The kiosk will be removed. As part of the extensive consultation, the community was given the opportunity to comment on all features of the park, including the pond and kiosk. It was apparent that the community wanted to see improved use of the area, with other features being introduced and prioritised over keeping the pond and kiosk. Further information about the kiosk's future can be found in this media advisory.   

Will there be adequate space and facilities for events and markets?

In the development plan, the main picnic lawn in Project Area 2 is made larger and it’s proportion improved for events. The central parking area near the toilets would be reconfigured to support flexible use for activities like markets and small events.

What is an Older Persons Playground?

Older persons playgrounds provide opportunities for senior members of the community to recreate, improve fitness and decrease isolation. Barcelona has over 300 examples. In the proposed development plan, the older persons playground has been located near the other play facilities to support social cohesion and intergenerational families who visit the site together. Particular details and equipment would be confirmed during the detailed design stage.

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Last updated: 12 September 2018