Otaki Beach resident Ann Lawler is urging Otaki residents to put pressure on their Community Board drop plans to spend over a quarter of a million dollars on a children’s splashpad.
She says the Reserves Fund sum of $255,000 should be spent instead on 10 projects which would benefit the whole community, not just children aged from two to eleven years.
In a letter to KIN, Ms Lawler says:
‘All subdivision applicants contribute to a Reserves Fund for recreational facilities in public parks and reserves.
‘Otaki Community Board is currently considering spending $268,000 on a splashpad – used 5-6 months a year by 2-11 year olds.
‘I would prefer that $255k was spent on ten different Te Horo and Otaki projects that the whole community would use year-round.
‘Otaki has a swimming pool/paddlers pool and lots of playgrounds.
‘Paraparaumu and Levin’s flying fox, BMX tracks and moutain bike trails are 25k away –and there is scant public transport.
‘Taking Otaki’s walking and cycling tracks to the standard of the rest of Kapiti would help, eg Otaki River Walkway’s dangerous north and south banks.
Once all ages in the community have amenities to use year round, Otaki can afford fun – but luxury items – such as a splash pad.’
And Ms Lawler is asking other residents who share these views to tell their local Otaki Community Board member — James Cootes 364 3234, Rob Kofoed 364 6154, Christine Papps 364 2004, Colin Pearce 364 6488.
Ms Lawler adds:
The following was sent to all OCB members. It is included for reference.
What is the Reserve Fund and what can it be spent on?
All subdivision applicants must contribute towards recreational facilities in public parks and reserves. The money goes into a Reserve Fund spent on projects and facilities for general community benefit. The Fund cannot be used to fund sports club clubhouses or facilities for sole use of sports groups.
How can the Reserve Fund be spent?