MORE parks and reserves upgrades underway



28 September 2019

Lakeside reserves aren’t the only green spaces undergoing improvements right now. 

A number of sports fields and local parks are also getting a spruce up in readiness for summer. 

The upgrades are part of commitments set out in Council’s 2018-28 Long-term Plan with more than $24 million budgeted over the next 10 years for upgrades, renewals and enhancements across all the sports, recreation and environment areas. 

Kuirau Park 

The new market space is starting to take shape. The kerbs and footpaths are now complete. 

Still to be completed:

  • sealing the main park area
  • line painting for the car parks, 
  • asphalt, hoops, fencing and line painting of the basketball court
  • planting of rain gardens
  • installation of park furniture 
  • Lighting and CCTV 
  • Power supply 
  • Landscaping and planting 

Rotorua Lakes Council has been working closely with Rotorua North Rotary group to ensure the new space meets the needs of its Saturday morning market stallholders and visitors.  

Council and Rotorua North Rotary are looking forward to being able to celebrate the new space once it’s finished later in spring. 

Click HERE to find out more about the Kuirau Park revitalisation project. 

Puketawhero Park lights and parking areas

The construction of the first 20 carparks is almost complete on the Te Ngae Road side of Puketawhero Park. On the Vaughan Road side a further 70 parks are being constructed and earthworks are well underway.  

The additional parking will increase capacity for large sporting events and will help to alleviate congestion on Te Ngae Road when the facility is being used. 

In addition to the parking spaces, installation of new floodlights at field 4 (Vaughan Road side) is now complete. The new lights will result in more available training space, especially during peak winter hours.

A Supply and Demand Study completed in 2018 highlighted a shortfall in training spaces in the city, especially lit fields that can be used at night. The lights at Puketawhero are part of the response to this issue and more work on training facilities will continue in 2020.

Smallbone carpark 

Work is nearing completion on the extended car parking areas at Smallbone Park. The extra parking and new layout will increase capacity during practise and game days and will improve traffic flow to make it safer for pedestrians accessing both the cricket and hockey grounds. 

The removal of a number of trees at the entry/exit to Smallbone Park has also improved visibility for cars exiting the carpark onto Devon Street. 

Sanatorium Reserve 

Wildlands will soon be continuing pest plant control within the reserve now that winter is over. This will be the second year of the five-year project to restore Sanatorium Reserve. 

Predator control will also start and there may be opportunities for members of the public to assist. If you are interested in helping with this important work contact Richard Dahlenburg on 07 348 4199 (8am – 5pm Mon to Fri). 

Litter continues to be a problem within the reserve. Instances of flytipping and litter from Te Ngae Road means it is an ongoing issue even though contractors regularly clear the area. Council extends its thanks to those community groups volunteering their time to collect litter at Sanatorium Reserve. Sudima Hotel recently hosted a clean-up at the reserve as part of Conservation Week. 

The recent confirmation that long-tailed bats were definitely using two sites within the reserve for foraging and roosting has meant that a new plan is being considered to manage the trees within the reserve. The plan will help to ensure the bats’ habitat is not affected by the restoration work. 

Click HERE to find out more about the Sanatorium Reserve restoration project.

Tihi Reserve

Council is working with residents who live around Tihi Road Reserve to better understand how the community uses the space and what is important to them for the future. In recent months trees that were impacting nearby residents have been topped or felled but to effectively resolve all issues, some further trees will need to be removed and a replanting plan will need to be created. 

Letters were sent to 250 residents near Tihi Road reserve and posters installed notifying the wider community of the call for feedback. More than 90 people responded. Council’s Open Spaces team will now analyse the feedback and develop a staged plan for future work at the reserve. 

You can keep up to date with this project at 

Reserve/playground Renewals

Each year Rotorua Lakes Council works to a renewal schedule for all its parks and reserves assets and this year 10 reserves/playgrounds are up for renewal. Before work takes place, Council wants to engage with local residents to understand who uses these reserves and how they would like to use them in the future. 

Last week 3800 letters were sent to residents in neighborhoods around the reserves listed below. Residents are being asked to provide feedback that will help Council better cater for the needs of the people using these areas. 

The survey asks what activities people like to do, what they like best about the reserve, how often they visit, what equipment they would like to see added and how they arrive there. 

If you would like to give feedback on any of these reserves head to   

The last day to provide feedback is Friday 11 October 2019. 

Recent parks and reserves upgrades

• New hockey turf 

• Upgraded Netball Courts 

Page reviewed: 27 Sep 2019 4:25pm