As part of this bigger project to make our shared green spaces better for everyone, we reviewed our three key sporting facilities, Bay Park, Blake Park and Tauranga and Wharepai Domain to see how they met the needs of particular groups, and how we could make them better and more accessible for everyone in the community.
A collaborative approach
It’s still early days – we’re committed to working closely with key community and sports organisations to make sure their needs are met now and into the future.
We’ve developed high level blueprints for our three key reserves, based on early conversations with mana whenua, community and sports organisations, and we want to continue to work with these groups on further details and options.
The preliminary plans will be followed up by more detailed planning after continued engagement with the groups involved to ensure planned development meets their needs now and into the future.
We’ve been heartened by the positive and supportive feedback we’ve had to date. We acknowledge some people have concerns about some of the proposed changes and we want to address those concerns together.
Read the high-level blueprints below
Tauranga and Wharepai Domain
- Proposed Community Stadium:
- As part of the wider Active Reserves Masterplan project, economic development agency, Priority One, is working on a business case for the proposed community stadium to be built at the Tauranga Domain, looking at the viability around use, affordability and economic benefit.
- The business case was first presented to commissioners on Monday 20 March and was presented in a report to council on 1st May.
- The decision to develop a business case came after Priority One completed the Tauranga Multi-Function Stadium feasibility study in May 2022, which highlighted the importance of public access to the domain, maintaining open spaces, and providing modern amenities for community members and participants in activities such as club and school sports, casual sports, and recreation.
- A future focus on being an events precinct with a secondary focus on community sports and high-performance sport
- Focus on community sport with a secondary focus on high-performance sport, events & entertainment
- Relocation of the Baypark Speedway pit area
- Development of new outdoor netball courts at Baypark and temporary supporting facilities
- Development of an athletics track at Baypark and temporary supporting facilities
- A future focus on a field sports hub for community and high-performance sport, with a secondary focus on events.
- Enabling work for additional grass fields at Blake Park
Key reserves site map
Key reserves site map (260kb pdf)