Over the past year over 1500 people, businesses and organisations have shared their ideas on the future of Maclean Park, and today, the Kāpiti Coast District Council adopted the Maclean Park Management Plan, which outlines a range of possibilities for the park’s long-term development.
Mayor K Gurunathan says he’s confident the plan and the decision to adopt it reflect the ideas and thoughts of a wide range of our community members.
“Maclean Park is a much-loved community asset and we’ve heard from so many people who are passionate about its future. We’ve considered the views of our local iwi as treaty partners, business owners in the area, the Kāpiti Boating Club, Coastguard Kāpiti Coast, the Kāpiti Underwater Club, park users and the wider community, and we feel this Management Plan captures their diverse needs and allows for improvements to the park's main attractions over the next 10-20 years.”
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 may also be opportunities to explore outside funding.
“There are a lot of really worthy projects across our District, however in order to keep costs down we can’t do them all,” said the Mayor.
“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 with Council staff to develop an achievable programme of activity for developing Maclean Park.”
Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board Chair Jonny Best would like to thank the community and the submitters for their input to the process.
“There have been a range of opportunities for people to contribute their ideas and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time and made the effort to get involved, particularly the submitters in the most recent stages who helped us refine the plan.
“Kāpiti has grown up with Maclean Park, and this plan will help us sustain and enhance its character and mana for future generations. It’s captured some great ideas and over time we’ll be able to create a contemporary destination park the District can be proud of,” Mr Best said.