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Oceandowns Reserve

Oceandowns Reserve will be developed into an active sports field with playground facilities, ready for use during the 2020 football season.

Address: 128 Gloucester Road, Mount Maunganui

What’s happening?

Oceandowns Reserve off Gloucester Road in Mount Maunganui will become an active reserve, with two football fields complete with irrigation, training lights, a playground, a toilet block and parking. 

Work has started and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. All going to plan, full use of the sports fields will start in the winter of 2020.

The following contractors will be undertaking the works:

  • Field Drainage Specialists Limited – earthworks and irrigation
  • Energy Services Tauranga Limited – floodlighting
  • Fulton Hogan – car parking and footpaths
  • RZG Construction – public toilets, changing sheds, referees’ room and storage space
  • Recreational Services – sowing grass and general landscaping 
  • Playground provider still to be confirmed.

The reserve will be closed to the public during the works.

What will it look like?

Key features of the reserve include:

Oceandowns Reserve

  • Two football fields – allowing for a 25-metre buffer between fields and the neighbours’ boundaries to reduce noise and the risk of balls being kicked over the fence.
  • Floodlights – we’ll be using LED lights, which have two benefits:
    • lower power usage 
    • light spill is less likely to reach neighbouring properties – i.e the light at the boundary will be the same brightness that you would expect from a full moon.
  • Public toilets, changing sheds, referees room, storage space – located in the most accessible and visible part of the reserve, near the playground and car park. The public toilets will be locked afterhours, and only sports clubs will have access to the remaining facilities.
  • Car parking – 35 new angle car parks will be created on Gloucester Road. The number of car parks is comparable to other reserves in a similar residential location, e.g. Morland Fox Park, Pemberton Park.
  • Footpath – a new footpath will run along Gloucester Road.
  • Playground – installation of the playground will happen once all the other works are completed (early 2020). We received many great suggestions during the public consultation period so we’ll incorporate some of those ideas where possible.


The decision to convert Oceandowns Reserve into a sports field was driven by the growing pressures on the city’s active reserves. By establishing this park primarily for football use, it alleviates some of the pressure at other sports fields for other sports codes e.g. Arataki Park and Blake Park. 

Engagement with the community commenced mid-2018. Local residents had an opportunity to provide feedback on the concept plan, including providing suggestions on the type of play equipment they would like to see. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the development. The responses received were generally in favour of the proposal. Any concerns raised have been mitigated where possible during the planning process.

More information contact peter.mouldey@tauranga.govt.nz or 07 577 7000.

Last Reviewed: 14/08/2019


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