Reserves issues receive attention

A culvert is to be cleared and the weeds  pulled out from the Sunninghurst reserve pond (centre...
A culvert is to be cleared and the weeds pulled out from the Sunninghurst reserve pond (centre bottom) after concerns from the community that the water is stagnant. Photo by the ODT.

The Dunedin City Council's parks and reserves team has been busy following up on several projects and community concerns in the Saddle Hill area recently.

The team is to update Saddle Hill community board members on its work this week.

In a report to the board, parks operations officer Richard Dahlenburg said the team had investigated planting and watercourse issues raised by residents in relation to stagnant water in the Sunninghurst reserve.

A partially blocked culvert would be cleared in the next week or two and unsightly weeds in the planting would be eradicated.

Otherwise, Mr Dahlenburg said he was happy the pond was operating as it should.

He said an original concept plan for the site showed native planting and some conifer trees dotted through.

The conifers were no longer present, and the team was not recommending their inclusion on a native revegetation ecological area.

It was his understanding the concept plan was not a consent condition and was intended as a guide only.

The parks team was also seeking prices for fencing and digger work for the tracks and replanting project at Walton Park.

A draft map of proposed tracks had been produced as a result of a recent site meeting with board members and it was anticipated a plan would be presented to the board within the next month.

Mr Dahlenburg said field drainage works at Sunnyvale Park had begun and were 50% complete.

The project was expected to be completed soon.

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