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Council urged to provide new playground for Southgate Continued from page 1. “The problem for us is access; in terms of getting here the access is very difficult. At what other playgrounds in Wellington do you have to go across a field or down a hill to get to it?” Louise says. “The council puts importance on the post-natal health of women, yet this steep path leading down to the playground is dangerous with a newborn,” Yael says. They also note grass in the playground area of the park is usually very long, yet interestingly it had been mown by council staff when the Cook Strait News paid a visit with them on Tuesday. Nevertheless there was a lot of mud and no path leading to it, making the play area anything but inviting. “We are so vulnerable here as well. No one can hear us if we need help,” Yael adds. Yael and Louise have made a submission to Council calling to making a new playground in Southgate one of its priorities in its 10-year Long Term Plan. Their submission has the support of other residents, with five locals quoted in it as wanting better facilities. “Southgate Park would be an

The entrance to Southgate Park, off Southgate Road, where Yael and Louise would like to see a new playground. PHOTO: Supplied

ideal location for a play area, with its flat site, street visibility making it safe and attractive to the community,” their submission says. They accept there are challenges for implementing one at Southgate Park, including the fact it is a former landfill with gas outlets, and that there are 75 fewer houses on Southgate Road than there are on Buckley Road next to Sinclair Park. However it would benefit those who don’t wish to walk a long

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and shade added.” Fleur says she and council officers are “open-minded” about an alternative location such as Southgate Park. However she acknowledges that the presence of gas vents could make it unviable there. The mothers say if Sinclair Park had to be upgraded instead then the critical issue that needed addressing was access. “They could at least put a tarmac path through here,” Yael says.

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distance to get to a playground, given Southgate Road is off the main bus route. Southern ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who also holds the recreation and community facilities portfolios, says a plan to upgrade Sinclair Park is scheduled for next year. “I am absolutely committed to helping them,” Fleur says. “I have asked about the type of play equipment but it does need to be modern and safe. I would like to see a drinking fountain

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tors every year, but is much more than just a pretty park according to Wellington Botanic Garden Manager, David Sole. “This event is a great opportunity to really showcase all our Botanic Garden has to offer. Visitors can bring along gardening questions for some professional advice, find out about the best compost to use in their gardens, and learn more about the conservation work we do.

“There will be guided walks with Friends of the Botanic Garden, and the Discovery Garden will give the kids a chance to develop their green thumbs and connect with nature in a fun and interactive way.” This child-friendly free event is from 10am-2pm in the Botanic Garden with most activities happening around the Treehouse. Visit the event page for more information at wcc.govt.nz/events.

Cook Strait News 24-05-18  

Cook Strait News 24-05-18

Cook Strait News 24-05-18  

Cook Strait News 24-05-18