Follow our continuing work as we transform and improve Avalon Park.
What's this project about?
Avalon Park is a six hectare park located between the western side of the suburb of Avalon and the Hutt River. The park is owned and managed by Hutt City Council and opened in 1963. Previous uses of the land include farming and the Taita Speedway.
The park is being transformed into a recreation destination, including a contemporary playground which opened in October 2016. Stage three of the project is due to be completed in 2017.
The work includes three stages:
2015, Stage one: Creation of path networks, and renovation of carpark
2015 and 2016, Stage two: Development of a large comprehensive play landscape including wet play areas
2017 and 2018, Stage three: Creating a new main entrance on Fairway Drive and enhancing the model boating pond surrounds.
Ideas for the park came from community consultation in 2012 as well as expert advice from landscape architects and playground designers. The Reserve Management Plan and the developed design report set out a range of information and illustrations that provide the foundation for detail design.
$5 million for the development of the park was allowed for in the Council’s Annual Plan 2014-15.
An additional $1 million was earmarked through the Annual Plan 2016-2017 to allow for the development of an entranceway off Fairway Drive, and upgrade of the pond area, the installation of a new “Serpentine Bridge” over the pond, signage and bike track upgrades and the provision for electrical services.
Avalon Park Playground opened on 2 October 2016.
How the community benefits
The project aims to transform Avalon Park into a regional destination with a premier playground and improve the quality and range of experiences and activities on offer.
This development work is in line with the 2012 Avalon Park Reserve Management Plan vision for Avalon Park to be:
“A park of local and regional significance, which is unique, varied and attractive. A place which encourages a wide range of users, a place that is special, inspirational and a source of fond memorial.”
Where are we at?
The major projects in the Avalon Park timeline are:
February 2015: new driveway and car park upgrade completed – this work created a new entrance from Taita Drive to the Avalon Pavilion. The new driveway makes entry to the Pavillion more direct and opens up space to develop a substantial playground
March to October 2015: construction of path network within Avalon Park
Mid-November 2015: work on new playground begins
October 2016: new playground opens
Late 2016: detail design and cost estimates for stage three work
2017 - mid 2018: new entrance work, replacement feature bridge and pond edge improvements, completion of path network, signage and planting.