Bequest Used to Beautify City

1 May 2012

Thanks to funding support from the Charles Plimmer Bequest, we are able to make significant improvements to the city's parks and outdoor areas that we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford.

Watts Park

Watts Park

We are keen to see the bequest funding used for four projects but before we make a final decision, we want to know what you think.

The proposals are among those outlined in the city's draft Long Term Plan 2012-22.

Submissions are required by Friday 18 May.

The bequest-funded projects we are considering are:

  • $650,000 for the redevelopment of Grasslees Reserve in Tawa in 2012/2013 and 2013/14
  • $380,000 for the development of the community walkway at Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville in 2015/2016
  • $150,000 in 2012/13 for a catalyst project to support the government's development of Watts Peninsula Park
    in Miramar
  • $750,000 to part-fund a new Botanic Garden children's garden in 2013/14 and 2014/2015 (subject to additional external funding).

In recent years, the fund has been used for aspects of the award-winning upgrade of Oriental Bay, improvements at Scorching Bay and the upgrade of Central Park, Brooklyn.

The funding proposed for Watts Peninsula would go towards improving Council-owned or managed land adjacent to the future park - areas that are likely to be under increased pressure when this special area becomes a public reserve.

The Plimmer Trust was established in 1980, 50 years after Charles Plimmer died.