Maclean Park 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.
Our vision is that Maclean Park will be a destination for all; a place to meet, play, relax and connect with Kāpiti Island, our heritage and environment.
We’ll be continuing to improve Maclean Park as a destination for all, an intergenerational park that is a point of pride for our district.
Over the next two years, we’ll be spending $2 million on stage two of the Maclean Park development plan implementation. We’ll:
- upgrade the toilets to provide modern accessible facilities, including more toilets and new showers
- improve the much-loved skate park, which has served generations of Kāpiti Coasters, in consultation with the community
- prepare the ground for future upgrades to the play spaces (including an older persons’ area and water plaza in years to come).
Council had already budgeted to improve the skate park. The Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board proposal strongly promoted the value of advancing the development of the park and Council agreed to include the upgrade of the toilet and shower facilities.
Further planned additions to Maclean Park in future include:
- scooter track in conjunction with the skatepark upgrade
- an older persons' play area (providing opportunities for senior members of the community to recreate, improve fitness, decrease isolation, and support social cohesion and intergenerational families who visit the site together; particular details and equipment would be confirmed during the detailed design stage)
- all-seasons water play plaza (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).
The development plan:
- provides for safer water play through the introduction of the 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.
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.
The Maclean Park Management Plan was 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.