Blake Road Reserve
Re-opened and Revitalized
Pacific Steel has taken pride for many years in supporting their local Otahuhu community through a range of projects including sponsorship of sporting teams and local organisations. Early in 2015 the decision was made to invest in local facilities that support our community that could provide benefit not only for today, but for many more years to come. We engaged Auckland City Council and began looking into how we work together under a public-private partnership to provide true community benefits through enhanced local facilities.
A number of projects were suggested; however, the decision was made to restore a local community park that had been neglected for a number of years. The Blake Road Reserve was once a hub of activity for the community with an active BMX track, open spaces and sheltered trees around the perimeter. Unfortunately, through lack of use, the community lost interest in the greenspace and the facilities had begun to fade away.
Several iterations of the landscape designs were reviewed by staff and community members with a final design selected late in 2015. Carlos Charlton’s design incorporated a number of features including a refurbished BMX track, basketball court, stage, numerous plantings, and two access bridges. The features then became part of the Auckland Council plan which would restore the community space over the next few years through our public private partnership model.
With restorative works underway, the first Blake Road Reserve open day was hosted by Pacific Steel and Auckland City Council on February 20th. Over 300 community members attended the event with many families remarking on the fantastic progress made thus far. The open day allowed us to showcase what had been achieved so far, and gave us a real sense of the impact we could make in our community in such a short space of time.
Going forward we will continue to work with the council, and our community stakeholders, to improve the space and provide an excellent facility for our community. Auckland Council will continue to run the Open Day as an annual event and they have already lined up a number of smaller events to utilise the space over the next 12 months. A big thanks to all those who attended the event this year, we can’t wait to see how much progress the next 12 months will bring!