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Welcome Bay parks improvements

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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.

Update – November 2022

Delivering on Welcome Bay parks improvements

View the latest media release – Welcome Bay parks upgrades on the way for summer fun

Using your feedback and our knowledge of the parks and reserves, we are delivering on a list of short-term improvements projects across Welcome Bay:

Artist impression of Waipuna Park playground when completed

Artist impression of Waipuna Park playground when completed

Artist impression of Waipuna Park basketball court when completed

Artist impression of Waipuna Park basketball court when completed

  • Waipuna Park – upgrading the current playground with new swings a BBQ, water fountain, accessible picnic table, seating, a new a 3x3 basketball court, and a new concrete pathway that starts at the northern end of the park, running alongside the top sports fields on Kaitemako Road and into and around the playground and basketball court. New recycling bins will be installed near the Pavilion and cricket nets will be installed at the northern end of the park early next year, after the sports fields have been upgraded. The playground area is closed till end of the year to allow the new play equipment to be installed and the basketball court will be ready for action in early January.
  • Oteki Reserve – new swings, including a basket swing, by the end of November. A new path, shade sails, picnic table and seating will be added early next year.
  • Johnson Reserve – new, natural play equipment constructed of timber and rope is being added at the southern end of Johnson Reserve near the Meander Drive entrance which is expected to be completed before Christmas, and new seating will be installed throughout the reserve early next year.
  • Riverstone Park – new shade sails will be added in March 2023.
  • Maungarangi Reserve – new shade sails will be added in March 2023.
  • Other parks improvements – being planned and will be communicated soon.
  • In general – we’ve planted a number of trees across all parks in Welcome Bay, for shade and amenity.

Longer term improvements projects across Welcome Bay:

For the longer term projects, we are still working on refining that list, and then we’ll start the design by working with key stakeholders and the wider community to design and deliver the larger scale parks improvements, where we have budget.

We’ll update this website with the refined list when we’ve completed it.

You identified many ideas for improvements that are important. Some improvements would need additional funding from Council if they were to go ahead. We are working through the process of identifying opportunities for future funding of unfunded improvements.

Project background

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.

Welcome Bay parks

What’s out of scope?

Waipuna Park sports investment – this project won’t include significant sporting 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.

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If you have any questions, please email the project team at
welcomebayparks@tauranga.govt.nz,
or call us on 07 577 7000.

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 ‘short term projects and feedback form – what does the community think about the proposed improvements?

    December 2021 to mid-February 2022
  • Analysis of feedback and refinement of improvements list

    First half 2022
  • Start work on delivering short term parks improvements

    September 2022 to early 2023
  • Start work on delivering longer-term parks improvements

    End of 2022 through 2023, and beyond

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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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