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Kinetic pavers among New Zealand park features

WSP Opus and Auckland Council’s novel approach to designing the Scott Point Sustainable Sports Park has been recognised at the NZ Recreation Awards.

The park contains several clever features including supplying its energy needs using kinetic pavers that convert the movement of people into power. The park also has e-bike and e-vehicle recharging stations and green buildings powered using solar and wind energy.

According to WSP Opus, only 27% of the 16.4ha park comprises sports pitches, with the balance set aside for ecological restoration.

The critically endangered plant species Epilobium hertigerum will also be planted extensively on the site, and phone Apps can be applied on the sports facilities to promote activity.

"A typical approach for a sports park would have us maximise the land area for formal sports use, such as playing fields and hard courts," says Catherine Hamilton, WSP Opus’ technical principal of Landscape Architecture, who was the master planner and engagement lead on the project.

"But ISCA requires you to consider the site holistically and harness its full potential for environmental and human wellbeing. This involved us restoring biodiversity and minimising earthworks that create emissions and waste. It also made us consider how to provide a full range of services for the community, not just services that meet the needs for sports clubs."

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