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Accessible changing facility, Mount Drury Reserve (Hopukiore)

Latest update

Due to the recent COVID-19 lockdown, our timeline has been pushed out slightly but be assured we are doing our best to get the facility open as soon as possible. The facility has been wrapped and the finishing touches added. Our open days will be advised soon.

The internal layout which was designed in collaboration with Tauranga Special School and the Disability Awareness Group.

Accessible changing facility layout (141kb pdf)

November 2020 update

Community consultation resulted in several changes to the accessible changing facility. This meant reconsidering the colour of this facility and a change of position; lengthways with the narrower end of the building facing Maunganui Road (new position as per below image).

View a summary of all the feedback we received.

Background

Council has a Disability Strategy that outlines how we are working to remove barriers faced by disabled people. 

With some of the most beautiful beaches on our doorstep, part of achieving this is ensuring everyone who would like to, has the opportunity to enjoy themselves in our coastal environment. 

A current challenge for disabled people living in or visiting our area, is having a changing facility that’s designed to meet their needs for greater levels of support. (For example, a toilet, change area, table, shower and hoist).

Support for a new facility

Tauranga Special School made a submission to the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, which included a request for changing facilities (including a changing bed) for people who are unable to use the accessible public toilets. 

Council supported this idea and as a result, we are proposing to build an accessible changing facility at Mount Drury Reserve (Hopukiore), Mount Maunganui.

This would be a welcome addition for people (locals, visitors and tourists) with accessible needs, because it enables them to gain greater independence and freedom.

Accessible changing facility

Location: Together with potential users of this facility we have selected 30 Grace Avenue, Mount Drury Reserve (Hopukiore), Mount Maunganui near the children’s playground due to its central location. It also offers ease of access to the playground, Mount Main Street, Pilot Bay, Mount Main Beach, beach accessibility mats and accessible car parks. Over time we would like to add further features like accessible picnic tables to make this area as accessible as possible.

Developing the facility: To ensure we will offer the most useful facility, we have been working with a number of advisory groups, who represent users of the facility, including Tauranga Special School and the Tauranga Disability Awareness Group.

Funding: This is partly funded by a $218,000 grant from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). 

Signage: clear signage and information will be provided to the public at the entry to describe what the facility is, who it is for and how it can be accessed.  

Access: we will give swipe access to local residents who need to use this facility and will be able to unlock the facility remotely for visitors and tourists. This facility will not be available to the general public but existing public toilets are available on the park located within 20 metres. 

Aerial view including map: location is at 30 Grace Avenue, Mount Drury Reserve (Hopukiore) just behind the public toilets, to the side of the playground.

Timeline

  • Inform the community

    August 2020
  • Information open day - 11am-1pm, Saturday 12 September at Mount Drury

    Feedback closed 5pm, Monday 28 September

    September 2020
  • Collate feedback, tweak designs based on feedback, apply for consents

    September to October 2020
  • Confirm internal and external design

    Apply for consents

    Order facility

    December 2020
  • Groundworks to begin

    June 2021
  • Install unit, connect services and groundworks

    July 2021
  • Wrap building, complete groundworks

    September 2021
  • Open day for users to get familiar with the facility and facility opening

    TBC

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