Grasslees Reserve Upgrade

17 December 2013

Grasslees Reserve in Tawa is getting a makeover. In early January, work will start on a project to upgrade the park, with a new bridge and better access to Porirua Stream.

Family at Grasslees Reserve.

Grasslees Reserve in Tawa


The upgrade, funded through a $550,000 grant from the Charles Plimmer Bequest and $90,000 from Council budgets, includes new park entrances and paths, a basketball half-court and a new playground. The dog-exercise area will be fenced along Main Road and two barbecue and picnic areas added.

Grasslees Reserve was developed after Tawa Borough Council purchased the land in 1958. It contains a memorial to ethnographer Elsdon Best, one of New Zealand’s foremost writers on pre-European Māori life, who was born at the original Grasslees farm in 1856. The Tawa shared path runs through the reserve.

The park upgrade means the playground will be closed for up to two months and other areas will be off limits at various times but we aim to keep the Tawa shared path open.

For more information, see:
Projects - Grasslees Reserve Upgrade