Morrinsville Rec concept designs are here

We're back! Last year we asked you what you like, don’t like and what ideas you had for Morrinsville Rec to help us create a long term vision for the next 10-30 years. At the moment the 22ha park caters to cricket, football, tennis, swimming and polo. It also has Swim Zone Morrinsville, an off-leash dog exercise area, children’s playgrounds, a mini skate bowl, motorhome parking and dumping facilities, a car park, public toilets and the river walk. You let us know the ground has untapped potential and we were keen to hear your ideas.

You told us you love The Rec for loads of reasons but mainly the river walk, the large open spaces for sport and big community events like the A&P Show, Fireworks and Motorama, taking the dogs for a run-around, swimming, the mix of fields and hard courts, the trees and how close it is to town.

Popular ideas were to have some sort of café/clubhouse, picnic/bbq and seating areas, a playground upgrade, pump track, fenced off-leash dog area, walking/bike tracks and for lighting to be installed and more sports to be played there to help it feel safer and more vibrant. There were also lots of comments and ideas for the pools, which will require their own detailed plans and consultation in future. 

We enlisted park design experts Resilio Studios to gather information from the general public, sports clubs, event holders and community groups who regularly use the Rec and local iwi and to make sure we got a good idea about what's important to you and what you'd like to see happen. A site analysis combined with your feedback found there were large areas of the park being used less than they could be and we had opportunities to add some more planting, cultural elements, sports, infrastructure and tracks in the future.

Resilio have used their specialised knowledge and design skills to draft up a range of concept plans, showing how Morrinsville Rec looks now and the different ways it could be laid out in the future. Now it’s time to bring these concept plans back to you, to see what you think! 

We'll then be able to use your feedback to refine the plan and figure out what things we can achieve in the short term to bring some of your great ideas to life. For everything else, we’ll be able to break the final wish-list up into smaller projects that will give us and sport/community groups something to work towards together over time, as funding and manpower allows.

To find out what concept plans we have, choose your favourite layout of the grounds and give us your feedback, head to mpdc.nz/rec.

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