Comments and inquiries about Parks and Reserves in Invercargill and Bluff are welcome. Contact the staff by phone during business hours at (03) 219 9070 or at after hours (03) 211 1679. The email address is email@example.com
Anderson Park House Maintenance Project
Over the next few months (weather dependant) external repair work will be carried out on the building including:
- spouting repairs
- shutter repairs
The area around the house (highlighted in the image below) will be closed to the public.
Skate Park resurfacing
The Elles Road Skate Park is to be resurfaced. The work will be completed in two stages to allow continuous use. Check the details.
Teviot Street Reserve freehold proposal
The Council proposes that the Teviot Steet Reserve status be revoked to freehold the land for sale. Submissions on the proposal are invited; these must be received by the Parks Manager by 4pm on Friday, 3 March 2017. Downloads:
Panton Street Playground Upgrade
A re-sited maypole, a tyre swing and a goal frame have been added to enhance the play opportunities for children at Panton Street Playground. A new path through part of the reserve will improve all weather access for users.
Oreti Beach entrance – car park upgrade
A new car park with toilet, picnic table and interpretation panels now allows a safe area for visitors to stop over before entering Oreti Beach from Dunns Road to enjoy our facilities.
No firewood permits
Sandy Point firewood permits will not be issued in the foreseeable future because of the lack of public access to the areas being harvested.
A Chinese Traditional Garden is to be constructed in Queens Park. It will be established as a friendship garden and represent the sister city relationship with Suqian in China (click on the images below for larger versions).
A recent visit to Suqian by a delegation from the Council helped form plans for gardens here and in China. Suqian has already begun plans on a friendship garden for Invercargill that will be the first of its kind in the city’s Santai Mountain Park.
The new local garden will be funded through funds set aside in the Long-Term Plan for Queens Park Specialist Displays and from Parks Special Funds Reserves Development and from surpluses in the Parks Business unit. The funding from the Special Funds Area Reserves Development will be a change from what was agreed in the Long-Term Plan and the total cost of the new garden will be approximately $600,000.
The new garden will be another stunning addition to Invercargill’s award-winning Park and help build the relationship with Suqian in the same way the Japanese garden has done with Kumagaya.
- See a sketch plan of the Chinese Traditional Garden with key features annotated.
Policy for UAVs in Parks and Reserves
The Invercargill City Council seeks to minimise the potential for negative effects such as noise or injury on neighbouring properties and to other park users through the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in certain Council land or reserves. It also seeks to protect the privacy of people. UAV operations in breach of this policy or the Civil Aviation Rules could lead to a fine, a written warning, or prosecution by the Civil Aviation Authority. The policy document includes maps showing specific areas within seven Parks and Reserves where it is permitted to use UAVs without need for consent.
Seaward Bush boardwalk trial
Parks staff are now trialling a boardwalk at Seaward Bush. Signs have been put up at each approach encouraging users to give feedback on the use of this material. The old mesh was time-intensive and caused tripping when it ripped; other alternatives were expensive and slippery. Staff are looking for ways to recycle old playground safety surface material and hope this option will be both cost-effective and user-friendly. If the trial goes well, Parks staff will look at bigger boardwalk areas. Comments welcome by email or phone: 03 219 9070 . 6 November 2015 update