When is a container not a container? When it is transformed into a mural to enhance the natural environment in which it sits as you'll find out below.
Bruce Pulman Park thinks a little differently than your average community venue. It’s a large-scale sports, recreation and community park situated in Takanini with state of the art facilities and acres of room to grow. It has grand plans of being a south Auckland hub for a vast array of community sports right through to hosting top international competitions and teams. In many ways, they are the envy of other sports facilities in the region because the potential is so huge and there is physically room to grow throughout the 65 hectare site. There is so much going on the whole time, it is difficult to capture it all concisely but what they do at a basic level and what they want to continue to do, regardless of how big it gets, is look to add value and create connections between the community, sports groups and the business community who use the facilities. They live their moto - #OurPeopleOurParkOurCommunity - and they take great pride in every aspect of that.
Take the onsite containers as an example. They were necessary for equipment storage but a bit of an urban eyesore in the middle of a beautiful green park but with the support of 5+ A Day Charitable Trust, Resene and Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust they arranged the 5+ A Day Container Mural Project with striking nature inspired murals painted by Pascal Bridger, a well known local street artist. He splashed his creative magic over the containers and now they are containers worth looking at!
Steve Bartholomew, the recently appointed CEO is never short of ideas and jumps on any passing opportunity with his outgoing personality and infectious energy. He says “we're always looking to link community and business together, it makes sense, it’s about businesses and organisations helping to improve the park environment in ways that works for them. There's really no limit to what we can achieve here. It's just about seeing the potential and saying yes as often as possible!”
To take it a step further, Bruce Pulman Park has launched a community give back scheme where 10% of the booking fees paid by businesses for the hire of the meeting rooms or sports facilities is put back into improving the visual appeal of the site. The initiative has gathered a momentum of its own with a cluster of local park suppliers doing their bit to make a difference by offering to be part of this journey. They donated plants, equipment and materials for the regeneration of a pond on the site and it's done wonders! Rather than a stinky, unloved wet hole the park now has a re-generated, fully planted pond that adds vibrancy and enhances the natural habitat for wildlife and park users alike.
Farrell's Nurseries, Hill Design, B W Henderson, Kennards Hire, Rattrie Construction and Fenceworld donated plants, equipment and materials to help regenerate the pond at Bruce Pulman Park.
So when you’re next looking for a meeting room, conference space, lodge or sports facility, remember that you can do your bit and make a difference to the local community for the long term future when you book with the people at Bruce Pulman Park because 10% of your hire fees goes into improving the park.
There are always opportunities for you to get involved in projects and fulfil your corporate social responsibility goals too, be that in sponsorship, man hours as part of a team building day, materials, equipment or in kind services. It all makes a difference!
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You can see more about their community projects here.
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