Reeme Street Reserve
In March and April 2016 Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) sought feedback from local residents and the wider Ngongotaha community about what they would like to see happen at Reeme Street Reserve. This included inviting written submissions, hosting two workshops, surveys of reserve users and meetings with key stakeholders.
As a result of the feedback received a number of developments at the reserve have been completed or will be completed in the near future:
- Installation of a swing set and picnic tables at the northern end of the reserve;
- Fencing around the existing storm water drain to mitigate safety concerns;
- Restoration of the existing wetland area (initiative led by residents and supported by RLC and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council);
- Increased level of service for general maintenance of the reserve (maintenance of the reserve is being monitored and work to improve the level of service is continuing);
- Replacement of the existing toilet with a single bay unisex toilet – expected completion is July 2017.
The feedback received also identified strong support for the construction of a path along the reserve and Council has since received a formal petition from a number of local residents requesting the installation of the path.
In response to this feedback Council is proposing to construct a 2.5m wide compacted lime chip path (shared space) along the reserve from Taui Street to the bridge at the northern end of the reserve. The path will provide a connection to the Ngongotaha cycleway and will form part of the wider urban cycling network (Cy-way).