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Kulim Park upgrade

Kulim Park is a beautiful north facing park at the edge of the harbour in Otūmoetai. It is treasured by the local community. We are planning some changes to make the park even better, including a new playground, new parking layout and shared pathway.

Functioning as a neighbourhood reserve the park hosts: a playground, public toilets, an undersized basketball half court, a petanque court, an active ageing gym, large pohutukawa trees and access to the harbour’s edge shared pathway. It is adjacent to a sandy beach area and a small boat ramp.

The park has wonderful views across the harbour to Rangiwaea, Matakana Island and Mauao. It is relatively flat except for an artificial mound adjoining the existing play area.

Kulim Park: final design

Thanks to everyone who attended our community event on Saturday, 28 November and to those who gave feedback on the playground design. We received feedback from 115 people.

Summary of feedback report (2.7mb pdf)

Your feedback has helped shape the final design below.

Next steps

  • Construction work will start in August 2021
  • It will be staged, so some of the park will always be open.
  • Work will be completed in November /early December 2021when the park will be fully open to the public.

Through the upgrade, we want to:

  • reinstate coastal edge and beaches
  • resolve/improve drainage issues
  • connect shared paths
  • manage vehicle access
  • connect to the harbour
  • protect vegetation
  • create safe places to play
  • connect people to the history of the area
  • reflect cultural values of mana whenua.

Kulim Park final design, including the playground (2.1mb pdf)

Key changes to the park include:

  • a 3m shared pedestrian/cycle path starting from Harbour Drive, along the foreshore and connecting with the current concrete shared path near Beach Road
  • a series of interconnecting paths throughout the park 
  • a shortened road with 40 car parks, four mobility spaces and two freedom camping spaces
  • the western area of the park will become an open green space for everyone to enjoy
  • the old playground will be replaced with a new, all-abilities play area
  • new cultural elements throughout the park
  • two accessible picnic tables, located near each BBQ
  • a new accessible drinking fountain with integrated dog drinking bowl
  • eight bike stands, located in specific locations throughout the park
  • additional shade trees
  • thirteen new seats primarily located under shade trees throughout the park
  • a chip-sealed over-flow carpark by the Yacht Club Building with 11 formal parking stalls with additional capacity for boat trailers and larger vehicles
  • over 700m2 of new garden areas with new trees
  • new and refurbished planted stormwater swales
  • removal of two existing palms and one pohutakawa tree that are unhealthy specimens

There will be no changes to:

  • the active ageing gym
  • the BBQs
  • the green slide
  • the toilet block.
  • the seawall
  • petanque court

Previous consultation - what you told us

In December 2020 we invited you to have your say on the final playground design concept. You told us that overall you’re supportive of the plans and are ready for us to get started.

Summary of feedback report on the revised playground design concept (2.7mb pdf)

In September 2020 we invited you to have your say on what the new playground at Kulim Park should look like. You told us what you currently enjoy about the playground, what new equipment you would like, and improvements you would like to see to the playground.

Summary of feedback report on the initial design concept (900kb pdf)

In October 2019 we invited you to have your say on the revised design concept. The majority of people supported the proposed design, subject to a few changes.

Public open day #3 information (6mb pdf)
Summary of feedback on the revised design concept (773kb pdf)

In April 2018 we showed the community our initial design concept and asked for your feedback. We used your feedback to make some changes before deciding on a final concept that went out for tender. 

When the tender closed, we learned that the tender price exceeded our budget. The only option at that stage was to reduce the scope of the project. However, after careful consideration, in June 2019 Council decided to increase the budget so we could deliver an upgrade closer to the original plans.

Public open day #2 information (4.8mb pdf)
Frequently asked questions (159kb pdf)
Summary of feedback on the initial design concept (376kb pdf)

In December 2017 we had a picnic in the park. You told us about what you value about Kulim Park and how you like to use the park. We took that information and created a draft design concept.

Public open day #1 information (3.25mb pdf)
Summary of feedback (877kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 21/06/2021


  • 2007
    Project identified in Harbour Reserves Management Plan
  • Mid 2017
    Project initiation
  • Dec 2017
    First phase consultation - picnic in the park (see public open day 1)
  • April 2018
    Second phase consultation (see public open day 2)
  • Mid 2018
    Design refinement
  • Aug 2018
    Second phase consultation (see public open day 2)
  • Dec 2018
    Contract awarded
  • Feb 2019
    Project on hold as part of Council’s review of projects 
  • April 2019
    Council approves additional $1m through the 2019/20 Annual Plan and gives direction for third round of engagement
  • Oct 2019
    Third phase consultation (see public open day 3)
  • Dec 2019
    Council adopts ‘do minimum’ approach - playground upgrade added to the scope of the project
  • Jan 2020
    Vehicle counts undertaken
  • Feb 2020
    Council approves $1.5m budget, trial layout and final design scope
  • June – Aug 2020
    Trial parking plan implemented and monitoring of car parking numbers via CCTV
  • Sep 2020
    Playground consultation (see public open day 4)
  • Nov 2020
    Playground concept design shared at community event (see public open day 5)
  • Dec 2020
    Playground design finalised
    Park concept design finalised and shared with the community (including playground design)
  • August 2021
    Construction of park upgrade begins
  • December 2021
    Construction ends, and park fully opens

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