Nelson City Council approve Rutherford Park upgrade

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Nelson City Council has given the green light for a further $700,000 to be spent on the Rutherford Park redevelopment, which will include improved parking, roading and landscaping.

The extra money brings the total budget for project up to $3 million, and Councillors, at yesterday’s full council meeting, voted to support the unbudgeted expenditure.

Councillors were presented with two concept plans at the meeting, which were designed by Irving Smith Jack architects and Nelmac in collaboration with council officers and input from the Urban Design Panel.

The chosen plan will see the parking area move to the south side of the main building, leaving more room to the north west of the site for amenity open space. It connects the Trafalgar Centre and Rutherford Park to the city centre via the Maitai Walkway and the Maitai River footbridge.

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says that the expenditure represents a long term investment for the future of the city, and that in terms of the scale of the project, the extra funding is acceptable.

“We want to get the Trafalgar Centre open for use, and the Rutherford Park development is an integral part of that,” she says. “This concept is well thought out and developed and will play a significant role in the success of the Trafalgar Centre as a recreational facility and a community asset.”

The additional $700,000 will be funded from the long term plan $2 million roading, car parking and landscaping allocation and $300,000 walking and cycling allocation, bringing the total budget for the development to $3,005,000.

The concept will now go in to the detailed design phase for further development.