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Open day highlights makeover plans for Myers Park

Open day to give glimpse of park's future

JESS LEE
Last updated 05:00 21/06/2013
Myers Park

CHILD-FRIENDLY PARK: An artist’s impression of the proposed new playground area.

Myers Park
JESS LEE
PARK-GOERS: Tina Plunkett and her daughter Jasmine are looking forward to the makeover of Myers Park.

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A long-overdue makeover of one of Auckland's inner city parks is closer to getting the green light.

Myers Park is approaching its 100-year anniversary and in that time only a few alterations have been made.

The Waitemata Local Board signed off on a development plan to revitalise the historic park last year which establishes a set of guiding principles and design ideas for developments in and around the space.

The board will host an open day at Myers Park Kindergarten on Sunday allowing people to view illustrations of the proposed upgrades to its Queen St, Mayoral Dr and Poynton Tce entrances, playground and lighting.

Eight projects will be implemented over the next two years including upgrades to park furniture and signs as well as vegetation management and planting. Construction is due to start at the beginning of next year.

Improvements can't be made soon enough for some park-goers.

K Rd resident Tina Plunkett and her three-year-old daughter Jasmine use the park daily.

"Everyone is really excited - it's well overdue," she says.

Ms Plunkett has lived on and off in the area for the past 20 years and says it's not just parents and children who benefit from the overhaul.

"The actual park is lovely but at the moment if you're walking through here at night if it was better lit you would feel more secure."

The park is sometimes littered with broken bottles and used condoms, she says.

Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers says particular attention has been paid to increase visibility and ensure the park is well-used as a safe inner-city park regardless of the time of day.

"We want to make sure it is a safe, child-friendly place to visit which appeals to users from across the city."

Sunday's open day is on from 11am to 2pm at 381 Queen St.

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