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Welcome Bay parks improvements

We live in a wonderful part of New Zealand and in Welcome Bay there are many great parks and reserves enjoyed by the community e.g. Tye Park, Waitaha Reserve, Johnson Reserve, and Pelorus Drive Reserve.

Through Council’s Whakahou Taketake Vital Update (2020), and this year’s Long-term Plan, we heard loud and clear that you value your parks and want to see more opportunities to enjoy them. Some of the things you told us were that you’d like better playgrounds, more cycleways and walkways, opportunities to play basketball, more greenery, and spaces that work well for lots of different people, with more seats and picnic tables.

We have funding to improve parks within Welcome Bay and we are embarking on an exciting journey to work with you to provide better open spaces.

All improvements will be consistent with the Tauranga Reserves Management Plan (TRMP), which sets out how we manage and develop our reserves in Tauranga. They will be designed to incorporate inclusivity and accessibility, Te Aranga Design Principles (a set of Māori design principles which foster and guide culturally appropriate design processes and design responses), and crime prevention through environmental design.

What you’ve told us so far

Based on what you’ve already told us, parks audits, and previously identified improvements, some of the ideas we’ve collated and would like to ask you about include:

  • All parks – more seats, picnic tables, pathways and cycleways, shade and plantings, drinking fountains
  • Owens Park – redevelopment to include a new playground, new toilets, pump track, half basketball court, pathways, seats and shade, stream enhancements and better connections with the school
  • Waipuna Park and Johnson Reserve – improved walkways and cycleways, circuit training equipment
  • Tye Park – improved playground, pathways, improved toilets
  • Selwyn Park – basketball, kids bike skills track, improved playground, pathways
  • Waitaha Reserve – improved playground, add a BBQ.

We’re gathering ideas right now on how your parks can be improved

We’re asking you to share your ideas about how parks in your neighbourhood can be improved. Here’s a map of the Welcome Bay parks to help you.

Welcome Bay parks

Send your parks improvements ideas to welcomebayparks@tauranga.govt.nz.

Identifying improvement projects

In December, we’ll be asking for your feedback on proposed parks improvements

We’d like to know which projects you’d like to see delivered now, which are more important to you, and which are less important to you.

This list will include projects we can deliver quickly (our “quick wins”), and longer term projects that will involve detailed design and community engagement.”

From the beginning of December 2021, keep an eye out for Council staff who will be at various Welcome Bay parks and reserves, capturing feedback via ipads. You can also provide feedback online and stay up to date on our progress through this web page.

Delivering the park improvements

In the new year, we’ll finalise the list of improvements, and check in with you again to confirm we heard you correctly.

For ‘quick win’ projects, we’ll aim to start building these as soon as possible.

For the chosen longer term projects, we’ll start the design by working closely with key stakeholder and the wider community to design and deliver the improvements.

Based on the improvements that are important to you, we might find that some lower priority improvements need additional funding from Council. We’ll explain this more when we prepare the final list, and what it means for the delivery of those improvements.

What’s out of scope?

  • Waipuna Park – this project won’t include significant investments on Waipuna Park. Larger scale projects on Waipuna Park will be looked at through the work we are doing to plan for sport and active living opportunities in the city.  
  • Forrester Drive Esplanade Reserve walkway project – nor will it include the walkway project. The funding that had been set aside for that project has now been assigned to wider Welcome Bay projects. This project will continue to be investigated and revisited at another time.

Timeline

  • Hear from the community about parks improvements ideas, discuss with key stakeholders, audit Welcome Bay parks and identify potential improvements and collate a list of proposed parks improvements

    From November 2021
  • Share list of proposed improvements, including ‘quick wins’ and feedback form  – what does the community think about the improvements?

    December 2021
  • Analysis of feedback and refinement of improvements list

    January/February 2022
  • Share refined projects list, seek feedback, and finalise list of improvement, start work on “quick win” improvements

    March 2022
  • Share final list with community, and start detailed planning and community engagement on the chosen projects

    April 2022

How to have your say:

  • Email your ideas at welcomebayparks@tauranga.govt.nz.
  • Fill out an online feedback form (this will be available from Friday 3 December).  
  • Tell your thoughts to Council staff who will be at various Welcome Bay parks and reserves throughout December. Staff will use ipads to capture your feedback. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.

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Talk with a staff member

If you have any questions, please email the project team at

welcomebayparks@tauranga.govt.nz,

or call us on 07 577 7000.

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