17 Rangipo Street
This site at approximately 400m2 of area for a playground is the smallest of the three sites under consideration. The site is owned by the NZ Police and adjoins a NZ Police house site. The land lease for the site has previously been agreed to be $1 per year.
The section is fenced off from the Police residence and is not utilised by the tenants. It is currently overgrown with vegetation and fenced on all four sides. There is limited shade within the site.
A local purpose reserve (18 State Highway 1, Waiouru) adjoins the rear (eastern) boundary of the site and contains public toilet facilities, four picnic tables, rubbish bins and landscaping around. There are shops nearby and established carparking on the SH1 slip lane that could be utilised for playground access.
The fencing around the 17 Rangipo St property and the machine yard would need to be replaced.
There will only be one site access through the RDC owned public toilet section off State Highway 1. Having one entry and exit point to the small site can pose as a safety risk.
The site neighbours to the Caltex truck stop could be of concern having small children near large trucks with many blind spots.
The approximate costs* for civil site works and professional services fees is $205,000 which leaves a short fall in budget of $85,000.