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Reserve Management Plans 2021

Two new 10-year Reserve Management Plans are being prepared in 2021, for Eskdale Park and Frimley Park.

At the same time, the current Tainui, Tanner, Tauroa and Hikanui Reserves Management Plan is being reviewed, with a focus on cycling and walking tracks.

The preparation of new Reserve Management Plans and the review of existing plans enable Council and the community to work together to establish the desired mix of use and protection for a park or reserve. It sets in place the policies and management methods that will best protect the recreation, sport, landscape, natural and cultural values of our parks and reserves.  It can address all matters relating to a park or reserve, from asset replacement and development, to planting and grounds management.

Typically, preparing a Reserve Management Plan takes about a year. That time is spent ensuring that everyone who wants to has the opportunity to provide their input at each stage of the process, and that the input is carefully considered before a final plan is formally adopted by Council.

Where are we up to?

Stage 1: Early community engagement; closed April 23, 2021.

Early feedback asks people what they like about a park, how they use it, and what they think could improve it. That stage usually includes a survey, on-park meetings, and park-use data-gathering – all widely advertised. From that information, Council officers put together key themes and draft concepts. Those are then taken back to the public for further comment, after which a draft plan is developed.

The draft plan is then adopted by Council and public submissions are called for. At a hearing, those wanting to support their submission by speaking to Council do so, after which Council considers the submissions, makes amendments if required, and accepts the plan.

Stage 2:

The information gathered from the community during step one is being collated for sharing with the community. Preparations are underway for presenting the findings, which will include a public meeting and an on-line presentation for each of the Reserve Management Plans.

That will be followed by community workshops, during which key visions, themes and concepts will be developed.

 At the same time, Council has commissioned reports from experts (historical, arboricultural, archaeological) and engaged with mana whenua to capture the cultural narrative of the parks and the wider areas within which they sit. Information from these will feed into the process. 

Update - COVID-related changes

Following the Government COVID lockdown notice on 17 August, the planned presentations of the community consultation findings by FOLKL can no longer go ahead.

FOLKL is the independent research company that has carried out the first of three engagement phases for the three Reserve Management Plans. They were scheduled to host an in-person and an on-line presentation of their reports for each of the RMPs, over the third week in August.

Given the uncertainties around the length of the lockdown, the videos that were to have been shown at the presentations will be loaded to this page; available from Saturday 21 August.

The full FOLKL reports and the specialist reports (historical, archaeological and arboricultural) are available below.

Next stage

Public workshops will be held to formulate key visions, themes and concepts. Again, given the uncertainty around lockdown, planning the dates for these has had to be put on hold. The dates will be advised as soon as they are available.

Registration for the workshops is required, to enable appropriate space to be organised.

You can register any time from now by emailing your details to the appropriate park email with 'workshop' in the subject line:

Frimley Park: frimleypark@hdc.govt.nz
Eskdale Park: eskdalepark@hdc.govt.nz
Tauroa, Tainui, Tanner and Hikanui Reserves: havelockhills@hdc.govt.nz

Frimley Park aerialAs for all parks and reserves, the preparation of the 10-year Reserve Management Plan for Frimley Park canvases all matters relating to the park, from asset replacement and development, to planting and grounds management.

Specific to this park, the maintenance sheds near the playground are scheduled to be removed within the next two years, with that area being reintegrated into the park. Council is interested in hearing everyone’s ideas for the use of this space.

The Reserve Management Plan process will include consultation with all interested parties as well as the general public, to ensure Council has a wide range of input to factor into the plan.

Got questions? Go here.

For background information on Frimley Park, go here.

Until the new plan is adopted, this park is managed under the District Wide Reserve Management Plan.

Eskdale Park riverAs well as canvasing all matters relating to a park, the process can also address issues specific to a park that a community is concerned about, which is the case with Eskdale Park.

The preparation of the Eskdale Park Plan has been brought forward in response to community concern at a suggestion from Hawke’s Bay Mountain Bike Club that it is considering applying to Council to use Eskdale Park to access its trails on private PanPac land. As at the start of the Eskdale Park Reserve Management Plan process no application had been received by Council, however the club has indicated that if it proceeds with an application it would likely include a car park and pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Esk River.

The Reserve Management Plan process will include consultation with all interested parties as well as the general public, to ensure all points of view are considered.

Got questions? Go here.

For background information on Eskdale Park, go here.

Until the new plan is adopted, this park is managed under the District Wide Reserve Management Plan.

2 TauroaActive plans are reviewed after 10 years, however they can be reviewed at an earlier stage should the need arise. That is the case with the Tainui, Tanner, Tauroa and Hikanui Reserves Management Plan (adopted in 2015).

The unscheduled review is being carried out in the wake of community discussion about the safety of mountain bike trails and shared walking and cycling paths in the reserves.

Council is taking the opportunity provided by the review, to also investigate possible access improvements at the Keith Sands Grove entry to Tainui Reserve.

Additionally, a cultural report of the reserves by Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga and an archaeological report by consultant archaeologist Gaylene Carter have been commissioned with recommendations from those reports considered for inclusion in the plan.

The Reserve Management Plan review process will include consultation with all interested parties as well as the general public, to ensure all points of view are considered.

Got questions? Go here.

For background information on the four reserves, go here.

To read the current plan, go here.

RMP Process

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