New Plymouth dump site could become skating rink or park

The Colson Rd dump will shut up shop this year and the local council wants to know what the site could be turned into.

After being used for more than 40 years as the region’s rubbish dump, NPDC’s Colson Rd Landfill site is closing this year.

NPDC councillor Richard Handley says the closure of the dump presents a unique opportunity to decide how the space is left for future generations.

“There’s more to this place than just an old dump site,” Handley says. 

“There’s a large forest area and we already have some ideas about what we could do, such as turning it into a park or bike trail or skating rink.  We’ve got an open mind and want to hear your ideas.”

The closure of Colson Rd Landfill is another step in the NPDC’s Zero Waste 2040 journey and the council want people to help them decide on the future of the site.

NPDC has set aside about $1.5 million to turn Colson Rd into some kind of public space in the next five years.

The council says ideas from the community will help it plan the future of the space.

Ideas can be submitted through the Let’s Kōrero project. This initiative is the community’s chance to feed NPDC ideas about some of the big projects being worked on as part of the latest Annual Plan, which includes an operating budget of approximately $150 million.

People can go in the draw to win an iPad by filling out our quick two-minute survey at newplymouthnz.com/letskorero between March 4 and April 2.