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How should we manage your favourite park?

Tauranga City Council wants to make sure it’s managing the city’s reserves in a way that reflects the community’s needs and ambitions.

The organisation is now seeking public feedback on the draft Tauranga Reserves Management Plan, which outlines how we propose to look after this network of fantastic public spaces.

“We are lucky enough in Tauranga to have access to beautiful beaches, sports fields, neighbourhood parks, walkways and cycleways, and historic places,” says Warren Aitken, Team Leader: Parks and Environment.

“We know these spaces are well-loved and we’re keen for the community to let us know what they think of the proposed plan.”

This plan will guide Council’s decision-making on more than 290 parks and reserves in the city. It considers over 50 specific topics including where drones can fly, car parking, park furniture and facilities like toilets, supporting organised sport, protecting heritage sites and significant vegetation, and when we’ll develop more detailed concept plans.

Important proposals:

  • Redefining the role of some of our parks, including developing Oceandowns Reserve as sports fields, Tatua Reserve as a community building reserve, and Soper Reserve as community building reserve. It's also proposed we allow part of it to be developed as a multi-purpose badminton facility, while still providing space for events.
  • Clarifying that Norfolk Pines may be removed from conservation-zoned land and significant ecological areas along the coast (but not alongside the Mall or Marine Parade).
  • Enabling the ex-tennis clubrooms at Selwyn Park to be used by other community organisations.
  • Removing current bans on new buildings, structures and facilities, so future proposals can be considered on their merits.

The consultation period is open until 5pm Friday, 19 October 2018. For more information visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/taurangarmp.

Posted: Aug 24, 2018,

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