"Mangawhai Community Park will be visible, predominantly natural, public space at the entrance to Mangawhai Heads, used (freely) by the public for recreation and enjoyment of the outdoor environment."
In June of 2012, The Mayor and Chief Executive were contacted by a local Mangawhai resident offering to lead a group representing users to complete a concept plan for the area, in the light of some community disagreement of how the land should be used, and specifically whether it was suitable as a location for St John’s Ambulance facilities. The Mayor and Chief Executive agreed that this initiative should be supported on the condition that it was led by the community and Council played a more minor facilitative role only.
A Steering Group of current users was formed, and an architect with local property volunteered his and his firm’s services pro bono in doing the design work. Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association have a representative who attends meetings of the Steering Group.
The Steering Group has held four open days to gather community views on the future uses of the land. The Steering Group also did a survey to check that the principles developed from the feedback were generally supported by the wider community. A more direct question was also asked on the location of St John’s Ambulance on the land. This plan is a result of the work of the steering group, and the comments and input gained from the community.
Mangawhai Community Park is conveniently situated along Molesworth Drive between the two established nodal points of Mangawhai Village and Mangawhai Heads. The development of Mangawhai Community Park will inform a central part of the future growth and development of Mangawhai as a readily expanding community. It is important that consideration is given to “how” this space and landscape can be best utilised and designed to achieve an environment and streetscape that results in safe, creative and enjoyable places whilst enhancing Molesworth Drive and the Park environs.
Mangawhai Community Park Master Plan