Love Kawatiri plans to conduct a community makeover of Derby St park (or Spider Park as commonly referred to by it neighbours) on the corner of Derby St and Fonblanque St . This park neighbours early-learning centres Kawatiri Kids and the Westport Playcentre. It exists in-between two of our primary schools South School and St. Canice’s and is situated close to a low-decile state housing area. The park boasts some of the Westport’s best playground equipment but is under-utilised due to exposure to the street and lack of shelter, while the back section is prone to drainage and flooding issues.
Our desire is to transform Derby St. Park into a community hub and recreation space. Where pre-school and primary school children are encouraged to be active by developing their riding and road skills in a safe environment. While enjoying the adventure of the park’s play areas our children will be exposed to an edible landscape that improves the neighbouring communities food security with a fresh supply of fruit. We envision the park becoming a vibrant congregation point in the community, where families can socialise while enjoying a picnic under the shelter of trees or the gazebo in the centre of the round-a-bout.
The project was initially conceived when looking at viable spaces around Westport that may be suitable for the planting of a community orchard. Upon further investigation we felt that the area could be enhanced through the development of paths, shelter and the planting of fruit trees and shrubs. Since observing how people currently interact with the area and talking with local kids these plans evolved to include a scooter / learn-to-ride park for primary / pre-school kids, with enhanced play areas, shelter and seating.
We plan on further engagement with the community and affected stakeholders throughout the final design, planning and development stages of this project. Our desire is to carry out this revitalisation project in a similar manner to the 7 Day Makeover that occurred in front of the NBS Theatre. This will enable the community and regular users of the park to be involved in the final developments and building of this area, while generating a sense of community ownership.
Timeframe: March 2020
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