Big changes are on the way for Sturges Park now a new blueprint has been approved.
The Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board signed off on a concept plan for the run-down park at its September meeting.
The softball club building will be torn down and a basketball half-court and playground installed under the new plan.
The southern banks of the park will be cleared to make way for large concrete blocks, which could be used as exercise equipment or an outdoor classroom.
A changing room building, built in the 1940s, was originally slated for demolition but will now be refurbished for future use.
Comments gathered during the consultation period on the draft version of the plan indicate an upgrade is long overdue.
More than half of those who gave feedback said they are unhappy with Sturges Park's current state.
Drug-taking and drinking at the park are common and used condoms often litter the ground, one respondent said.
Auckland Council project co-ordinator Annette Campion says increased casual use of the park should make it safer.
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