Mount Maunganui's Phoenix Carpark: Have your say

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Phoenix carpark concept designs. Supplied
Phoenix carpark concept designs. Supplied

Feedback on the design for a revamped Phoenix Car Park in Mount Maunganui closes soon.

Since early December, Tauranga City Council has been talking with the community about the concept plans to turn the Phoenix Car Park at Mount Maunganui into an urban park.

There's still time to have your say - feedback on the design of Phoenix Park closes on March 14.

The concept plans will be on display at the next Community Connections meeting at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club, 7pm on March 10. Council staff and elected members will be available to discuss the plans.

The concept plans have generated a lot of comment through the different feedback channels, ranging from support for the design, suggestions for improvement, and concerns about removing car parking from central Mount Maunganui.

Project manager Cheryl Steiner said the feedback was already influencing the next steps.

"We have received a lot of support for the concept of an urban park, and some really good feedback on ways that the design could be improved, from people using the online survey.

This included adding more opportunities for activity in the space and better reflecting the character and identity of the local area.

"We have also had a peer review of the design and are working on opportunities to integrate community feedback on the design.

"We have met with the Mount Mainstreet Board to discuss their concerns about the loss of car parking, and we are working on a plan to alleviate those concerns. For example, we have done some more design work on the alternative locations for the 55 carparks and also some assessment of actual walking distances that show that these proposed car parks are in very close proximity to the Mount Mainstreet area.

"These proposed new parking spaces will allow us to provide a fantastic multi-functional space for the community as well as deliver a similar level of car parking."

You can see the concept plans and proposed parking spaces at www.tauranga.govt.nz/phoenixpark

The concept plans will be on display at the next Community Connections meeting at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club, 7pm on Thursday 10 March 2016. Council staff and elected members will be available to discuss the plans.

Ways to share your feedback
· Use the online feedback form provided at www.tauranga.govt.nz/phoenixpark
· Email haveyoursay@tauranga.govt.nz
· Comment on Facebook - www.facebook.com/TaurangaCityCouncil
· Write to Tauranga City Council, Private Bag 12022, Tauranga

- Bay of Plenty Times

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