Newlands Park upgrade

We are upgrading the facilities at Newlands Park to make it an even better place to play and explore.

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About the project

The purpose of this project is to upgrade Newlands Park, creating a good quality community park in the Newlands/Paparangi catchment.

We are consulting on the design with the local community to ensure the upgraded facilities meet their needs.

Consultation on the initial concept was held during July and August 2019. A draft landscape plan is currently being developed, and this will go out for public feedback in early October.

The final concept design will be presented to the public in December 2019, and construction is expected to begin in 2020

Background

Newlands Park was identified as a redevelopment opportunity as part of the Northern Reserves Management Plan in 2008 to address the need for a good quality community park in the Newlands/Paparangi catchment. 

Following consultation with the local community, initial concept designs and a proposed site plan were developed in 2010. We’re now doing some further engagement to take into account any changes over the last few years.

Funding for the upgrade has been approved as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan. The overall budget for this project is $3.6 million, with $1.54 million being allocated from the Plimmer Trust.

What’s happened so far

We recently asked the local community for feedback on an initial discussion plan (below), which we developed for Newlands Park.

Feedback was gathered through an online survey and at a community drop-in session at Newlands Community Centre. Here's what we learned:

  • The majority of people were in favour of the discussion plan which we presented.
  • There was widespread support for the development of a loop track area, playground, nature play area and wetland. Although a pump track/bike skills area was not in the discussion plan, there was a lot of support for this in the feedback.
  • Comments about the basketball area were mixed. The majority supported the casual recreation all-weather area but felt it could be smaller.
  • There was strong support for developing our relationship with local iwi and involving them in the upgrade.
  • Heavy traffic flow on Newlands Road and road safety is an important consideration, and the final design will take this into account. We will also continue to explore options around parking and vehicle access.

Discussion plan – initial consultation
Map (6.5MB PDF)

Newlands Fire Station

During the initial consultation, many of you raised concerns about the relocation of the Newlands Volunteer Fire Station, and we are working with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) on this. 

FENZ Area Commander Dave Key says this involves identifying the operational requirements for Newlands and surrounding communities, both now and in the future, to ensure Fire and Emergency is best able to meet the needs of the community.

This work will inform any decisions on the location and type of future station. Dave says Fire and Emergency crews will continue to respond promptly to any incidents in the Newlands area.

If you have queries about the Newlands Fire station, please contact FENZ

Next steps

We are now making some further changes to the design. We will continue to work with local iwi and tangata whenua to ensure the design incorporates their historical and cultural perspective, and meets their aspirations for Newlands Park.  

A draft landscape plan will be presented to the public in early October and will be open for feedback for two weeks.

The landscape plan will focus on:

  • playground development 
  • all-weather casual recreation area – a new non-bookable facility with all-weather surface for ball sports and other activities
  • basketball play area – a new half-court facility
  • creating a new bike pump track
  • upgrading the skate park
  • installation of picnic and barbecue area – a new recreational space where families can gather
  • providing public toilets – new facilities to be located close to the play space
  • improving pedestrian access 
  • improving vehicle access and parking facilities
  • creating an all-weather perimeter path around the top level of the park
  • enhancing wetland and planting areas.

Project timing


Key milestones:

  • 19 July 2019: Initial engagement – feedback survey opened: Complete
  • 28 July 2019: Community drop-in session: Complete
  • 12 August 2019: Initial engagement – feedback survey closed: Complete
  • September 2019: Draft landscape plan development: Underway
  • Early October 2019: Draft landscape plan to be presented to the public
  • December 2019: Final concept design to be presented to the public
  • 2020: Construction to begin

More information

David Halliday, Project Manager Open Space
Parks, Sports and Recreation
Email: Playground.Upgrades@wcc.govt.nz