File Ref CFM-17-39-12-43
HASTINGS DISTRICT COUNCIL
28 June 2012
Naming of new Inner City Park
Thank you very much to you and your family for meeting me last Thursday.
As we discussed, Council recently purchased a 6000m2 inner city block of land, using part of the money allocated for green space as part of the sale of Nelson Park. The majority of this site (4000m2) is dedicated to inner city park, with children’s playground, trees, park benches and open grass areas. The remaining area (2000m2) is allocated as an outdoor recreation/skate park. I left you plans of the proposed park for your information and reference.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of naming this park ‘William Nelson Park’, to commemorate your grandfather, and acknowledge his significant contribution to the District.
The permission and blessing of your family on the acceptability of this tribute is necessary before moving to the next stage of seeking formal Council approval.
Following our discussion, your family considered that this park would be a fitting tribute, given its CBD location, and close proximity to the former Nelson Park. It is a park of significant size, and will most certainly be the largest inner city park purchased and developed by Council using the funds from the sale of Nelson Park.
Of importance to your family was that this park be maintained to the highest standard, and that it have adequate facilities, with substantial trees and landscaping. In response, l can assure you that it will have a maintenance regime to the standard of other premier parks, such as Cornwall Park, and will be monitored by CCTV and the Police to ensure that anti-social behaviour and vandalism is minimised as much as possible. There is currently only one toilet block proposed, which at this stage is considered adequate, when we compare it to comparable sized parks in the District.
We also discussed that we would include an information board, to tell the story of William Nelson and his family, so that everyone enjoying the park can understand the meaning of its name. I will put together some words, and have these approved by your family before the sign is made and installed. There will also be two name signs on the site saying ‘William Nelson Park’ – one on the main St Aubyn Street/King Street corner, and the other on the Avenue Road/King Street corner.
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