The future of the Chamberlain Park golfcourse returns to the agenda of the Albert-Eden Local Board on Wednesday, with a recommendation to convert it to a wider range of community uses.
Funding for the conversion was estimated at $22 million, but project costs are now estimated at $29.7 million.
Council policy analyst Francis Faessen says in the indicative business case before the local board: “The costliest element is the 2 artificial sport fields at $16.2 million. This is due to the lava field under Chamberlain Park, which means that considerable earthworks are needed to create a flat platform. Typically, 2 artificial sport fields would cost around $4.2 million.”
Under the preferred option, the board would retain a 9-hole golfcourse with a driving range & practice facilities.
Below, the recommendation along with links to Wednesday’s agenda including the context for change.
That the Albert-Eden Local Board:
(a) endorse the findings of an indicative business case for the redevelopment of Chamberlain Park which found:
(i) projected growth of 143,000 people (32.7%) by 2036 in the local board area leading to increased demand for new sport & recreation facilities
(ii) changing demographics, with a decrease in NZ Europeans from 48% to 38% and an increase in Asian people from 34% to 41% by 2038
(iii) a gap in neighbourhood park provision in accordance with the open space provision policy
(iv) a shortfall of 27 field hours, growing to 87 field hours by 2028
(v) a reduction in rounds played at Chamberlain Park golfcourse from 82,371 in 2001-02 to 50,239 in 2017-18
(vi) access to open space and new sport & recreation facilities will increase community benefits, in particular physical & mental health benefits
(vii) redevelopment of Chamberlain Park aligns with Auckland Plan outcomes
(viii) the quantifiable benefits of redeveloping Chamberlain Park are $1.2 million less than the capital & operational costs required to provide additional open space as well as new sport & recreation facilities – a cost:benefit analysis indicates the benefits are 0.96 times the costs
(ix) project capital costs are $29.7 million, which is more than the $22 million earmarked under the 2018-28 long-term plan
(b) endorse that the redevelopment of Chamberlain Park has a robust case for change and strategic alignment with council objectives and would deliver community benefits comparable to the capital & operational investment required
(c) endorse the development of a detailed business case for the development of Chamberlain Park, commencing in 2019/2020 based on:
(i) development of a 3.6ha neighbourhood park with play area; shared walking & cycling paths & connections; the restoration of Watitiko/Meola Creek; 2 artificial fields; and a reconfigured 9-hole golfcourse with driving range & practice facilities
(ii) indicative funding of $22 million earmarked as part of the 2018-28 long-term plan.
Albert-Eden Local Board, Wednesday 26 June at 4pm, Western Springs, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs Community Hall:
13, Indicative business case: Redevelopment of Chamberlain Park
Redevelopment of Chamberlain Park indicative business case summary
14, Te Tohu O Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek) implementation strategy
Te Tohu O Te Auaunga implementation strategy combined
Attribution: Local board agenda.