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Work to begin on new Milford Reserve facilities

Artist impression of the new toilet and changing block being built at Milford Reserve. 

Showering, changing and making a pit stop at Milford Reserve is set to get easier with work about to get underway on new toilet and changing room facilities at the park.

Work is due to start in mid-April, starting with removal of the existing building, which will be replaced with a more modern facility designed in response to community feedback several years ago.

The current Milford Reserve building.

“The old, traditional brick building has served users very well for a long time, but has reached the end of its life and was scheduled to be renewed,” says Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chair, Aidan Bennett.

“In 2018 we sought feedback from the community on what they would like to see here so I am sure everyone is excited to see it get underway.” 

Built on the same site, the position of the new building will be altered to interact better with the playground. The new facility will have:

  • Eight toilets, which includes two unisex accessible toilets;
  • Two showers inside the building;
  • A double external shower – a feature added to the design in response to community feedback;
  • Two changing rooms;
  • A drinking station, where people can drink from or refill their own drink bottles – also added following community feedback;
  • A new seating area.

The colours and exterior design of the building also reflect community feedback, with more than half of respondents call for a ‘beach- themed’ exterior.

Mr Bennett said the works were expected to start mid-April 2021 and take around three months to complete – weather permitting.

During construction the areas will be fenced off and four portoloos will be installed in the reserve for public use. 

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