Our Capital Spaces suggests developing more multi-use parks like Karori Park
That’s the message contained in Our Capital Spaces, a draft plan for managing the city’s open spaces over the next 10 years. The plan was released today for public feedback - and you have until 9 July to let us know if we are on the right track.
“This plan recognises the great open spaces we have developed and suggests ways we can protect them and encourage more people to enjoy them,” says Paul Andrews, Manager of Parks, Sport and Recreation.
“These areas contribute so much to our quality of life, but demands change and we need to plan to meet community expectations, and make sure people know what’s on offer,” he says.
“We know that not everyone can spend a day walking or biking, so we want to develop shorter accessible walking and biking tracks with convenient suburban links, and parks that have activities for the whole family - like Karori Park.”
The plan suggests developing sports and community recreation hubs with facilities for several sports and recreation opportunities in the same space – focusing at first on Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville. This park is in line for significant redevelopment starting this summer.
The Council will then progressively redevelop other hubs, such as Newlands Park, Wakefield Park in Berhampore and Hataitai Park. These sports and recreation hubs would have easy access for people of all ages who want to take part in a range of activities at different times. Some initial planning work has already been done for most of the parks, often driven by local communities seeking improvements.
“Our existing parks, playgrounds and sports areas will still be maintained and there will be opportunities to upgrade them,” Paul says. But the plan flags some changes, including:
- the need to limit investment in parks that don’t appeal to a wide range of people or don’t have important roles for protecting nature
- working with communities to get the best value and use from the space when parks are scheduled to be upgraded and where there may be low use
- continuing to build on the significant partnerships we have with the community in the management and development of our open space and recreation network.
The plan also emphasises the need to protect nature in our own backyards and bring more of the important plants, birds, lizards and other species into our city and daily lives.
Have your say
For more information on the initiatives proposed in the draft plan, or to have your say, see:
Our Capital Spaces: Open Spaces and Recreation Framework
Copies of the full plan and summaries are available in libraries and from the Council Service Centre on Wakefield Street.