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Reserve Management Plans 2021/2022

Two new 10-year Draft Reserve Management Plans have been prepared for Eskdale Park and Frimley Park.

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

The preparation of new Draft 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 findings from the public engagement and the reports are published online (links below).

Stage 2: Community workshops; completed

Themes and concepts documents published

Community workshops were held towards the end of last year, with workshop groups asked to focus on values, constraints and opportunities.

The results from the previous engagement phase and the workshops have now been developed into ‘Themes and concepts’ documents (links below).

The information in each of the three documents is not exhaustive, nor does the inclusion of an idea mean it will make the draft plan. Rather it reflects the common ideas raised through the survey, park gatherings, interviews and workshops that will be carefully considered as the draft is prepared. It is timely to remember that the parks team is charged with preparing a plan that takes into account the aspirations of the residents and visitors of today, encourages recreational use of the park, and protects and enhances the park for future generations.

What's next?

The three draft Reserve Management Plans have been prepared, and were presented to Council in June.

This signaled the start of the regulatory phase of the process, detailed in the Reserves Act.

Next, the parks team will, as required by the Reserves Act, announce the publication of the drafts via public notices. As with previous reserve management plans, this will be supported by a broader communications strategy to ensure all of those who wish to make comment on the drafts have the opportunity to do so. This strategy will include emailing a draft to all of those who have registered their interest in a specific plan with Council.

Later in the year, submissions on the draft plans will be presented to the councillors and 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.

RMP Process

Specialist reports

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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