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Accessible changing facility

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We have now completed community consultation for this project and as a result will be making several changes to the accessible changing facility. In summary we will be reviewing the colour of this facility and have changed its position (see below image for the confirmed new position).  

As some neighbours of the park would have been impacted by the view into the park, the facility will be positioned lengthways with the narrower end of the building facing Maunganui Road, meaning views to the zebra crossing will also be less impacted. This location will also work better for users of the facility and the park users overall. 

We will continue to work on the design for this facility as well as access arrangements and safer parking for users. Once we have finalised the plan, we will upload this information here onto our project website.

View a summary of all the feedback we received.

Accessible changing facility, Mount Drury Reserve (Hopukiore)

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.

Aerial view of accessible changing facility

A mock-up of what this facility will look like is pictured (5.5m (long) x 3m (wide) x 2.8m (high)). It will feature a slight incline to the door, pathway and suitable coastal planting. We are also able to wrap the facility in different colours and designs. 

Image of accessible changing facility

Accessible changing facility - rear view

Last Reviewed: 30/11/2020

Timeline

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

    Feedback closed 5pm, Monday 28 September
  • September/October 2020
    Collate feedback, tweak designs based on feedback, apply for consents
  • December 2020
    Confirm internal and external design
    Apply for consents
    Order facility
  • April 2021 (approx.)
    Begin groundsworks and install unit
  • May/June 2021
    Open day/s for users to get familiar with the facility

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