People are being asked to share their ideas on a new library and recreation centre planned for a high-profile Hornby site following the approval of the reclassification of part of Kyle Park.
Yesterday, the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board approved the reclassification of part of the reserve, along with management plan amendments, confirming the location for the facility after a years-long search.
A section of Kyle Park will no longer be classed as a “recreation reserve”, instead becoming a “local purpose (community buildings) reserve”.
The decision follows a Hearings Panel recommendation in favour of the changes.
The reclassification affects less than 20 per cent of the park site.
Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says that following a final confirmation from the Minister of Conservation, community engagement can begin on what specific facilities the centre will feature.
“Sustainable development is a cornerstone of community well-being,” Mr Cox says.
“Our new library, customer services and recreation and sport centre will be a huge boon to our area, delivering an exceptional facility for the whole community.
“Kyle Park offers an accessible, viable site for such a wonderful future facility.
“The next step is to gather views and ideas to inform the spaces and design of the facility to meet the specific needs of the community. Your suggestions are integral to the success of this project, so make sure you have your say.”
In the coming weeks, people can leave feedback on Hornby’s new library, customer services and recreation and sport centre on Have Your Say, or share ideas in person at drop-in sessions.
The facility is expected to open in late 2022.
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