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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.

The first stage of engagement, carried out by independent research company FOLKL, asked people what they liked about the parks or reserves, how they used them, and what they thought would improve them. For these parks and reserves, that stage included a survey, on-park meetings, and park-use data-gathering – all widely advertised.

At the same time, archaeology, cultural, historical and arboricultural reports were sourced from suitably qualified specialists.

The plan was to present the findings of the public engagement and the external reports to the public at both in-person and on-line meetings, however COVID restrictions  made that impossible and the reports have been published online.

Stage 2: Community workshops; completed

Analysis: underway

Community workshops have been held for each of the plans in October, with workshop groups asked to focus on values, constraints and opportunities.

The Frimley Park workshop, with its small numbers, also moved onto solutions; while the much larger workshops for Eskdale Park and the review of the Tauroa, Tainui, Tanner and Hikanui Reserves plan have been split into two. Those workshops will reconvene in November (COVID restrictions permitting) to focus on solutions.

The key themes and concepts that come out of these workshops will be presented back to the public for confirmation and feedback.

After that?

The key themes and concepts from the workshops alongside the findings from the earlier community engagement and specialist reports will be used to prepare Draft Reserve Management Plans.

Once they have been prepared, the Reserve Management Plan process enters its regulatory phase. That will see draft plans publicised for formal submissions, with those submissions presented to councillors and the mayor for consideration. Submitters will have the option of speaking on their submission to Council.

At the end of that process Council will deliberate on each of the plans and the submissions related to them and may request changes, after which the plans will be adopted.

Specialist reports

RMP Process

Workshop results

Park and reserve information

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.

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