We want to know what you think about a proposal to change the classification or purpose of, part of Golf Road Reserve so that the Mount Maunganui Playcentre can relocate there from Blake Park.
What we’re proposing
To reclassify up to 1,000m2 of land in the Golf Road Reserve, from Recreation Reserve to Local Purpose (Community Building) Reserve so that the Mount Maunganui Playcentre can be accommodated on the reserve.
Every reserve has a classification that determines the main purpose. The proposal is to change the current recreation classification to better suit the intended new use. The reclassification would not affect Council ownership of the land, its reserve status, or the protections under the Reserves Act. It would not affect the recreation classification of the rest of the reserve; it means that the piece of land could be used for the purpose of developing a playcentre.
Why are we doing this?
Council has been working with the Playcentre for many years to find an appropriate alternative site to relocate to from Blake Park due to significant pressures from sports users at Blake Park.
Reclassification of this portion of land will allow the Mount Maunganui Playcentre to be accommodated on the Golf Road Reserve. The playcentre is not consistent with the current purpose, a recreation reserve, which is about recreation and sporting activities, and the physical welfare and enjoyment of the public.
The Playcentre believe the Golf Road site is suitable and have funding for development of a new facility in 2022.
The proposal is consistent with the Tauranga Reserves Management Plan requirements for potential use of this reserve and there are limited alternative options available.
What else is happening on this reserve?
Golf Road Reserve is a 8,240m2 Council owned reserve located at 62 to 64 Golf Road, Mount Maunganui and subject to the Reserves Act 1977. It is the former site of the Omanu Bowling Club that disbanded in 2020, and the Mount Maunganui Bridge Club who are temporarily occupying the ex-bowling club building whilst a new facility is being built. Mount Maunganui Toy Library are temporarily located in the southern end of the building.
The Eastern Region Rescue Centre is currently under construction on the Golf Road end of the reserve and will accommodate Omanu Surf Lifesaving, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and the Eastern Region, and the Mount Maunganui Bridge Club. This new build will occupy approximately 1,000m2 of the site and will also provide much needed storage space for surf lifesaving rescue operations.
Further discussions are underway regarding the potential use of the site (on the Mount Maunganui Golf Course end), with several groups having already expressed an interest in the use of the rest of this land.