The Saddle Hill Community Board members grilled Dunedin City
Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler at its meeting on
Funding for the Fairfield beautification project on Main Rd
Ms Wheeler said $20,000 the council got from the Walton Park
forest harvesting project would return to the Fairfield
community - $10,000 for the upgrade of Walton Park Reserve
and $10,000 for the beautification project.
Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall said
the board would contribute about $3500 from its discretionary
fund for the project, which was instigated about six years
ago, to be completed by October.
''We are pretty stoked to see some completion.''
Low-lying shrubs would be planted so the visibility of
motorists and pedestrians was not blocked.
Walton Park Reserve was discussed. Ms Wheeler said the
Fairfield community would be invited to a planting day in
August or September.
Board member Keith McFadyen said since trees were removed
near the sportsgrounds, the ground had become wetter and he
suspected underground infrastructure had been damaged.
Ms Wheeler said the council would investigate.
Mr McFadyen said sportsgrounds such as Walton Park and
Sunnyvale were being damaged because when grounds became
boggy, the council cancelled sports practices but not weekend
games, and the council needed to manage the parks better.
Ms Wheeler said the council tried to provide the best
''That's why we cancel the training during the week, in the
hope the fields are playable.''
The council would implement tighter controls, including the
inspection of grounds on Fridays to decide if games should be
played at the weekend, she said.
Mr McFadyen said Sunnyvale was boggy despite new drainage
work being recently completed.
Ms Wheeler said the new drainage was not over the sports
fields and its benefits would be revealed when the park dried
Mr Weatherall also said he wanted the council to better
Ms Wheeler said there would be more controls in place from
October, the second year of the trial freedom camping site at