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Last modified: 15 Sep 2020 3:34pm

A skateboarder at the top of a shallow half-pipe in a grassed area with people in the paths and grassed area in the background

Selwyn residents are being asked to help design proposed new community public spaces in the redevelopment of Rolleston Reserve.

The proposals are part of the wider Rolleston town centre project, and over the past year we’ve been consulting with the community about options for the reserve. We’re now proposing to include a sensory garden and a youth space in the reserve, along with open green space with new trees and paths.

Consultation on these proposals is open till Wednesday 21 October.

For the proposed youth space, the Selwyn Youth Council surveyed students at the district’s high schools for initial ideas, which include a dance floor, outdoor climbing wall, parkour balls, and a media space.

The sensory garden is planned to be a space that is accessible to everyone including those with diverse needs. Students at Waitaha School helped with initial ideas, such as wheelchair-friendly access, quiet spaces, scented flowers and colour used for wayfinding and paths.

The Council is keen to hear thoughts on these ideas for both the spaces, to help design spaces everyone can fully enjoy and embrace as their own.

The Council is also consulting on proposed roading changes in the town centre. Hearings will be held in November, if required, where people can present their submissions on both the roading changes and those to the reserve, the youth space and sensory gardens.

For more information or to make a submission on the redevelopment of Rolleston Reserve visit the consultation page.