Working group to look at future of Scott Park

DEMOLISHED: The old Mt Pleasant Yacht Club boatshed was about half the size of the new one.

A working group looking at the layout and future development of Scott Park in Mt Pleasant will meet onWednesday.

The group was set up after Coastal Pathway Group chairman Scott Babington last month raised concerns about public access to the Scott Park foreshore near the Ferrymead Bridge.

Mr Babington said the meeting next week would be a chance to start developing an overall masterplan for park users. “We want to know what it’s going to look like in 10 years time.”

LAYOUT: The current Scott Park plan.

The working group will include Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board chairwoman Sally Buck and board members Tim Lindley and Darrell Latham. The Coastal Pathway Trust, Mt Pleasant Residents Association, Windsport Association, Christchurch Yacht Club and the Mt Pleasant Scouts have also been invited.

Mr Babington last month told the board fenced-off planting between the Coastal Pathway and the Mt Pleasant Yacht club’s new boatshed was making water access difficult for the public.

The boatshed was built this year to replace one damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

With a footprint of 486m2 and maximum height of 7.3m, it is substantially larger than the building it replaced, which was 275m2 and approximately 4m high.

A condition of the build, which wasn’t publicly notified, required the club to plant and maintain totara trees between the building and the coastal pathway.

Dr Latham said he wanted to get a better overview of the issues relating to Scott Park.

“I’m particularly interested in the access to the public boat ramp and jetty below the Ferrymead Bridge footpath and to the legal paper road that goes right along the foreshore in front of the shed and clubhouse.”

He said it was curious that the Coastal Pathway ran along the edge of Main Rd rather than along the foreshore.

Mr Babington said the group had wanted the Coastal Pathway to go beside the water but were put off during the design development stage.

“We were very keen to go along the foreshore but one of the city council employees spoke very strongly . . . that yachting sports needed priority.”

The meeting would provide the opportunity to “seek clarification on a range of issues,” Mr Babington said.