Roulston Park Pukekohe
July 2022 - May 2025
- In Progress
Roulston Park is an historical place of interest and a great place for a picnic, but it could be used for more.
The Eke Panuku upgrade of Roulston Park is on it's way.
In collaboration with mana whenua, the Franklin Local Board, Auckland Council, and the community, Eke Panuku is upgrading historic Roulston Park to meet the needs of a growing and more diverse Pukekohe.
In July 2022 the Franklin Local Board approved the concept plan and provided guidance on what it wanted to see in the detailed design.
The cultural context
Mana whenua have played a direct role in the park’s design. Hui with Te Waiohua rōpū were held to present community feedback, develop the design at each key stage, and develop the cultural narrative. Ngāti Tamaoho were nominated as kaitiaki for the project and led a hikoi to enable Eke Panuku to better understand the cultural significance of the area. Te Waiohua rōpū nominated the mana whenua artists who have developed the mahi toi (artwork) to be integrated into the design.
The Franklin Historical Society and Valley School have also provided valuable assistance to ensure the design meets the needs of all park users.
Access to the park was identified as a significant barrier to enjoyment. The park is bordered by major arterial roadways that are expected to get even busier as Pukekohe grows. The East Street/Stadium Drive and Massey Drive/King Street/Manukau Road/Stadium Drive intersections connect the park to the town centre and are also uncontrolled. Crossing these intersections to get to the park is a safety challenge for pedestrians, particularly those with disabilities, or with young children.
Eke Panuku has partnered with Auckland Transport to have these intersections controlled with traffic lights. This allows for crossing signals at both intersections greatly improving:
- Pedestrian safety and convenience for people accessing the park.
- Traffic flows and overall wait times from each direction.
- Pedestrian access to the town centre and the bus and train interchange.
You can read more about the intersection upgrades here.
Indicative timeframes for this project can be seen here.
What’s not included
- Surrounding intersection upgrades. See more here.
- Some people wanted ways to play with water in the park, and while we agree that would be fun, it would require digging up some of the old trees to put in pipes and drains, and we want to avoid that where we can.
- When we began engaging on this project we included the skate park in our plans. In order to complete this project within current budgets and in an efficient time frame, and after consultation with the community, we have decided to focus on Roulston Park for this upgrade, and will continue to think about ways in which we can upgrade the skate park in the future.
Resource consent lodged
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