The Ashburton Domain is undoubtedly one of our most important local facilities. Looking back over the years, it's provided many great memories like Christmas events, sporting tournaments and days spent with the family in the playground, but now we are turning our eyes to the future and looking ahead to what the Domain could be over the next 30 years.
The Council has adopted a draft Ashburton Domain Development Plan that seeks to future-proof the Domain for our community for many years to come, and we need your help to ensure we're on the right track.
The changes proposed address almost every activity, facility and attraction at the Domain. There are proposals for sports clubs, the playground and paddling pool, gardens, lawns, waterways and even the way people get in and out of the Domain.
For instance, there are proposals to move the paddling pool closer to the playground; build heritage and botanical trails; upgrade the playground equipment; build a Central Hub near the playground that could accommodate a café and outdoor dining area; construct an entranceway from Walnut Avenue; and improve connectivity to Ashburton town with better access across State Highway 1.
With these various proposals in mind, I'm sure there are ideas that would be of interest to every person in our district, whether you take the kids to the Domain on weekends, enjoy a barbecue or picnic on the lawns, go to events, or play sport at one of the fields or facilities throughout the year.
It's crucial that residents take a look at the draft proposals and tell us what they think before a final Development Plan is adopted.
We need to know if we're making the right decisions for the Domain, including when the work for each individual project would begin and which items should be prioritised.
You can have your say by completing a feedback form on the Council website until 5pm on Sunday 5 April at ashburtondc.govt.nz/haveyoursay
If you choose, you'll also have the option to speak to your submission at a hearing that will take place after consultation closes. This is a great chance to voice your opinion directly to Councillors and for them to ask you questions for more clarity.
To help you get a better understanding of the draft proposals, we are hosting an Open Day at the Domain this Saturday (7 March). You're welcome to pop by between 11am and 4pm next to the playground to speak to staff and fill out a submission form.
This is your Domain, so please play your part and have a say on its future.