From ensuring that a park is within 5-10 minutes of everyone, incorporating more Māori activities into everyday places, removing barriers to sport and recreation for vulnerable groups, and quiet streets being converted into rain gardens – Wellingtonians are being asked to share their thoughts on the draft strategy for the future of parks and recreation in Pōneke, and to ensure their happy spaces and places are easy to get to, fun to be in and thriving in years to come.
Consultation is open now until 14 April, and the results will help the Council finalise the Open Space and Recreation Strategy – Te Whai Oranga Pōneke, providing an overarching framework and strategic direction to manage its public open space, recreation facilities and recreation programmes and services over the next 30 years.
Open Space and Recreation Strategy
Te Whai Oranga means ‘in the pursuit of wellness’ and embodies the core function of open space and recreation: To support the wellness of people to live and play, and the intrinsically connected health of our environment.
Chair Social, Cultural, and Economic Committee Councillor Teri O’Neill says it is an exciting time ahead in this space for Wellington as we focus on the people and their environment, from the peaks to the coast and back again.
“We are lucky to have an abundance of reserves, gardens, bike and walking track networks, play areas, pools and recreational centres, and a stunning coastline which are all a valuable part of our daily lifestyle, and invaluable in keeping us mentally and physically healthy.
“As the population grows and the world changes, now is the time to ensure we continue to invest in these areas of open space and consider more recreational opportunities, so health and well-being is a priority and accessible for all in Pōneke.”