Two local politicians say a huge ‘Gateway to Kāpiti island’ could turn out to be just a giant white elephant.
Councillor Bernie Randall and Deputy Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board Chair Guy Burns ask:
“Maclean Park — a gateway to Kāpiti island or a gateway to cherished memories of family, playgrounds, picnics and sandcastles?”
They say they’re worried the Kāpiti District Council is planning to destroy ‘cherished memories at Maclean Park’ with a huge Kāpiti Island gateway building that will stretch from the basketball court back to the Tikotu stream.
“Last year there was talk about a small building for the gateway. Somehow this vision has been forgotten and a huge building is now planned with a projected cost of more than $4 million dollars,” they say.
“As well as having a biosecurity section, the gateway will have a visitor centre run by 2 staff members.
Ongoing funding needed
“It’s estimated the gateway will require ongoing ratepayer’s funds of over half a million dollars per year to operate.”
“As well as a massive economic cost, the gateway will have a massive negative impact on Maclean Park and the surrounding area by taking valuable car parking space.
“New toilets goodness me no. Let’s build a discovery centre and shop right on the beach centimetres from climate change sea level rises.
“People living in Paraparaumu want a living park not a memorial to someone’s foolishness”