The major focus for our team is to develop a Parks & Open Spaces Strategy that will provide a strategic framework for Masterton District’s Parks and Open Space Network; a framework that considers the provision, connectivity, purpose and quality of our parks and open space to meet the current and future needs of our community.
We plan to extend our off-road recreation trails network, such as along river banks, with provision of $267,000 over 10 years funded from our reserves funds. In 2015-16 we investigated rural district network trails that link into the national network with provision of $259,000 as seed funding over years 2016-2018. The extension will increase opportunities for people to be more active and capitalises on our attractive environment.
Our other key projects for the next 12 months are:
- The Queen Elizabeth Park Rejuvenation »
- Replacement furniture – seats/tables on recreation trails (completed in Lansdowne Trails and planned for Waipoua trail)
- New picnic tables at Castlepoint made entirely from recycled plastic waste. You check out more about them on the Replas website.
- Improved signage throughout recreation trail network
- Improved Park signage
- Constructing a limestone trail from Colombo Road to Wairua Reserve
- Develop green space at Cameron Crescent
- Restoration of wetlands on Lansdowne Trails. Stage 1 commences in the most northern section of the trails and will involve removal of pest plants such as willows.
- Continuation of bollard replacement at Henley Lake
- Continuing support of community groups to deliver community-led projects