6 December 2017
The Vincent Community Board hopes high levels of community engagement in the early stages of developing a management plan for Clyde reserves will continue as it now seeks feedback on the draft plan.
In May this year the call went out for the community to give input into the draft. Nine submissions were received and Council parks staff also spent time meeting with park user groups identified by the Board.
Vincent Community Board Chair Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay said that it was encouraging that the community was activity taking part in shaping their community spaces.
"Having their voices heard creates pride and ownership, and with the support and guidance of the great staff at CODC there are some fabulous plans being put forward. It is important to the Board that we continue to hear from the users of the land and create spaces not only for today but for future generations to enjoy."
The Draft Clyde Reserve Management Plan will be out for consultation until Friday 16 February 2018.
The purpose of the plan, which is required under the Reserves Act 1977, is to provide for and ensure the use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection and preservation of the recreational spaces, as well as appropriate development of the reserves.
The 93-page plan sets out policies and objectives for the management of the parks and reserves, and includes ideas for how these spaces might be used and improved in the future.
Some particular areas the Board is keen to have community feedback on include:
- Future development ideas for the Clyde Town Belt area above the State Highway 8. A process to revoke the reserve status of the land is on hold with options for development including utilising the land for infrastructure services; leasing it for grazing or other production; developing a walking/hiking track.
- Proposed development options for the Clyde Greenway corridor including upgraded signage to enhance visitor and locals' knowledge of greenway links to the town centre, parks and other town attractions, including the Otago Central Rail Trail.
- An idea raised during the draft plan engagement to developing a concept plan to identify how the Clyde Dog Walking Area could be developed into a dog exercise park and/or a riding/pump park area at the front of the reserve.
- Ideas for developing an alternative play structure and/or a junior scooter track at the Fache Street playground reserve.
A copy of the full draft plan and an information sheet are available on Council's website www.codc.govt.nz/consultation, from Council service centres, and at the following locations: Clyde Library, Clyde 4 Square, Clyde Dairy or Clyde Challenge Service Station.
Submissions can be made online via Council's website.
If you do not have online access you can obtain a submission form from Council service centres and send your written feedback to: Draft Reserve Management Plan, Central Otago District Council, PO Box 122, Alexandra 9320.