Fairfield park - proposed reclassification

Closed 14 Mar 2022

Opened 14 Feb 2022

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Overview

Te Whare o te Ata Fairfield/Chartwell Community Centre Trust is looking to call Fairfield Hall home. For them to do this, Hamilton City Council is proposing that the area of Fairfield Park with the hall is reclassified from recreation reserve to local purpose (community facility) reserve under Section 24 of the Reserves Act 1977.

This change would mean that the hall could be used for a much wider range of activities including sports, events, meetings and more. The Trust would be allowed to use it for their everyday operations as well as their community activations. Alongside this, community members would also be able to book and use the hall for events.

The hall was damaged in a fire in 2019 and is now is being upgraded to become a safer, more modern, multifunctional space for the community. You can read more about this here.

The redesign of the hall will include:

  • moving the public toilets to the park side of the building
  • converting changing rooms to community spaces
  • modernising and creating flexible, multi-use, and accessible spaces
  • changing the focus/use of the building
  • enhancing the building’s connection with the community.

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What happens next?

Council staff will collect and review all feedback at the close of the feedback period. A summary of the feedback will be presented to Council’s Hearings and Engagement Committee 5 April 2022. At this meeting, anyone that would like to speak to their written submission will be able to do so. Council will then consider all the views and make a decision on the proposed changes outlined above.