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Recreation at The Lakes

Recreation at The Lakes

There are more than 30 reserves and open spaces located throughout The Lakes, and through a recent community survey you told us how often you used them and any improvements you would like to see made.

We support having more recreational facilities at The Lakes and are working to identify where these can be provided. Indoor community facilities will be considered as part of a wider plan for this area and were not included in this survey.

Thank you for taking part in the recent community survey about the Recreation at the Lakes project. The purpose of the survey was to find out how often you use the reserves at the Lakes and any improvements you would like to see made. Your feedback will help us to ensure any new or enhanced facilities reflect the community's needs.

Our community survey was open from March 2022 to April 2022 and received 142 responses, with 96% of those responses from Lakes, Tauriko and Pyes Pa residents.

Key findings:

  • All of the 18 neighbourhood reserves listed were used by one or more of the respondents.
  • Caslani Reserve was the most popular reserve and was used by 71% of respondents
  • 68% of respondents walked to their preferred reserve.
  • Most popular use of reserves was to ‘exercise’ or run, with 77% of respondents using the reserves for this purpose, followed by 72% visiting playgrounds.
  • Most popular request for additional facilities at reserves was picnic tables (59% of respondents), followed by more trees (53%), shade sails (48%), seats (47%), drinking fountains (44%), BBQ (37%), play equipment (35%) and gardens (22%).
  • We also asked for feedback on where a basketball court could be installed and located in the Lakes – with regards to the location and of the three locations suitable for a basketball court, of the 125 respondents to this question, most respondents preferred Orangapani Reserve, because of the central location and the amount of open space available (58% liked it at Orangapani, 29% didn’t mind, 13% disliked this location). The next popular reserve was at Matatu (45% liked it at Matatu, 32% didn’t mind, 24% disliked this location).
  • You asked for better network connections at a number of places. The most requested location was across State Highway 29 at the Kennedy Road roundabout. Other requests were better routes to connect schools between Pyes Pa Road and the Lakes, a connection from the Summit through to Kennedy Road and the Crossing, as well as a walkway connection from Penetaka Heights across Pikimai to Kennedy Road.
  • Some specific suggestions for seating, drinking fountains and shade along the walkways were provided.

From the community survey findings:

  • A pump track has been installed near the playground and where the new basketball half court will be placed.
  • We’re also programming a number of improvements to your suggested reserves and walkway locations. This includes more shade, drinking fountains, BBQ facilities, picnic tables and seats.
  • We’ll investigate the practicality of your suggested network improvements within the reserves network. We’ll also work with other agencies like Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on other improvements such as connections over state highways.

Other things happening in your community:

  • The loop walkway connection from Penetaka Heights around the new stormwater reserve will be opened by the end of June. The long-term goal is to identify a safe connection to Kennedy Road. 
  • Work has commenced on the Pyes Pa walkway network and Stage 4, which connects into the Lakes, is estimated to be complete in 2024/2025.
  • You can see other long term proposed network connections at Tauriko for tomorrow.
  • Council is also identifying an appropriate location for a destination skate park somewhere in the City. You can find out more at Destination skate park project.

Orangapani Reserve pump track trial

The advanced track provides 79 metres of riding experience and includes a two-metre safety zone on each side of the track.

Please follow our user guidelines for the pump track:

  • The track is only for use on bikes, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades and is not suitable for vehicles with three wheels, such as tricycles or bikes with training wheels.
  • Go-karts and motorised vehicles are not allowed on the track.
  • Wear a helmet at all times. Use of additional protective gear such as kneepads and elbow pads is also encouraged.
  • Maximum of six riders on the track at any one time.
  • Keep a safe distance between yourself and other riders.
  • Parents/guardians should monitor their children at all times.
  • Do not ride the track in wet weather or poor light conditions.
  • Ride in the same direction at all times and watch for other riders when entering and exiting the track.
  • No smoking or glass is allowed within and around the track area.
  • Do not enter the centre area of the track.
  • Only ride within your ability and be in control at all times.
  • If any hazard or damage is detected on or around the track, the rider must stop, exit and contact Tauranga City Council immediately.
  • Roller sports, including riding on the pump track, are risky. Use of the pump track is at the rider’s own risk.

Pump track trial update

The monitoring of the pump track at Orangapani Reserve to determine if it remains as a permanent feature has commenced – we would love it if you can fill out the user survey below and let us know what you think about this new facility. The survey ends on 31 January 2023. Or you can scan the QR code onsite which will take you directly to the survey.

Pump track user survey

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  • Have your say survey online

    March to April 2022
  • Analysis of survey results

    April to May 2022
  • Share survey results and next steps 

    May 2022
  • Install pump track at Orangapani Reserve

    July 2022
  • Deliver improvements to selected reserves and open spaces

    July 2022 onwards
  • Installation of basketball court at Orangapani Reserve

    August 2022
  • Hold open day / family fun day at Orangapani Reserve

    17 September 2022, 1pm-3pm
  • Monitoring of the pump track at Orangapani Reserve

    October 2022 to January 2023

Orangapani Reserve – whānau fun day Saturday 17 September 2022

A community event was held to celebrate new facilities at the Orangapani Reserve.

People were able to enjoy taking a spin on the pump track or shoot a hoop on the basketball court. Te Maru o Mauao Basketball ran some basketball competitions throughout the afternoon and provided some giveaways, and the Pyes Pa Tauriko Lions Club kept everyone fed with a BBQ.

These works are part of the Recreation at the Lakes project which sits amongst a number of parks projects being rolled-out in Tauranga.

Key decisions made

1. Key decision

As part of the 2021-2031 Long-term Plan (LTP) Council resolved to support the delivery of recreational facilities at The Lakes.

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