Donovan Park Masterplan

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Consultation has concluded

At a Community Wellbeing Committee held on 23 January 2024, Four developing themes were endorsed to be consulted on alongside the Long Term Plan:

  1. Connections and access.
  2. Ecology and natural spaces – water quality/interaction.
  3. Tourism, destination and visitor experience.
  4. Active Recreation. 

Council is now requesting feedback for these themes, as well as any input in relation to housing proposed through Long Term Plan Consultation which may affect Donovan Park. 

Developing Themes - Have your say

Following strategic and engagement analysis of what has been heard and what evidence can support or oppose future developments within Donovan Park, the following themes are starting to emerge which are common for both forms of analysis. 

Connections and access

  • Includes active transport, trails and tracks, disabled access.
  • The connectivity between each of the reserves across the city, specifically North/ South.

Ecology and Natural Spaces – Water quality/interaction

  • Includes play, cultivation, blue and green networks, wetland and trees.
  • Can incorporate arts, heritage and culture.

Tourism, destination and visitor experience

  • Includes whānau centric/family values.
  • Includes improved amenities and facilities.
  • Can incorporate arts, heritage and culture.

Recreation

  • Includes play and informal recreation.
  • Sports fields and associated facilities promoting multi-use (hub).

Please see the survey below to have your say. 


Project Overview

Donovan Park is an important link in the City’s parks systems. Covering over 79 hectares of land, the reserve contributes significantly to the open green space of the City. Visitors to the reserve can experience its unique rural characteristics. The park provides a significant Link from Thomsons Bush through to Anderson Park along the North/South orientation.

It is used formally by sports and recreation clubs (Waikiwi Rugby Club), community groups (Bainfield Gardens and Spirit Army Charitable Trust) and other entities (Te Tapu o Tane, Glenrae Parks Ltd (Crafty Restaurant) and Southland Agricultural and Pastoral Association).

Key areas of interest include:

  1. Recreation Area
  2. Farm
  3. Sports Fields and Clubrooms
  4. Crafty Restaurant
  5. Potential areas for private land development
  6. Nursery and partnership with Te Tapu o Tane

Donovan Park is also visited informally by City residents for walking, running, cycling and casual sport and recreation.

Purpose of the Masterplan 

Masterplanning creates a ‘big picture’ vision to meet future needs within a community or local landscape.

The purpose of the Donovan Park masterplan project is to establish a long-term plan (30-50 years) for future park use, asset renewal and development, and help guide future funding decisions. Once approved, it will inform the development of the next Donovan Park Management Plan.

A range of technical and background information will be collated and reviewed to help form the basis of master planning decisions, including economic analysis and carbon sequestration opportunities.

Have your Say

Please take some time to fill out the survey below. There will also be public drop in sessions held - please refer to the key dates and lifecycle for more information:

• What do you like about Donovan Park? What don't you like?

• What do you think are the cultural, social, economic and environmental priorities for Donovan Park?

• What are your areas of interest and aspirations for the future of Donovan Park?

• What types of recreational and leisure activities do you think we need to provide at Donovan Park in the future?

• Is there anything missing at Donovan Park?

• For the Donovan Park Masterplan, what would success look like for you?

• How do you think we can best plan for future impacts of climate change?

• How do you think we can best plan for different land uses?

• What do you think are the main issues or challenges are for Donovan Park for the next 50 years?


At a Community Wellbeing Committee held on 23 January 2024, Four developing themes were endorsed to be consulted on alongside the Long Term Plan:

  1. Connections and access.
  2. Ecology and natural spaces – water quality/interaction.
  3. Tourism, destination and visitor experience.
  4. Active Recreation. 

Council is now requesting feedback for these themes, as well as any input in relation to housing proposed through Long Term Plan Consultation which may affect Donovan Park. 

Developing Themes - Have your say

Following strategic and engagement analysis of what has been heard and what evidence can support or oppose future developments within Donovan Park, the following themes are starting to emerge which are common for both forms of analysis. 

Connections and access

  • Includes active transport, trails and tracks, disabled access.
  • The connectivity between each of the reserves across the city, specifically North/ South.

Ecology and Natural Spaces – Water quality/interaction

  • Includes play, cultivation, blue and green networks, wetland and trees.
  • Can incorporate arts, heritage and culture.

Tourism, destination and visitor experience

  • Includes whānau centric/family values.
  • Includes improved amenities and facilities.
  • Can incorporate arts, heritage and culture.

Recreation

  • Includes play and informal recreation.
  • Sports fields and associated facilities promoting multi-use (hub).

Please see the survey below to have your say. 


Project Overview

Donovan Park is an important link in the City’s parks systems. Covering over 79 hectares of land, the reserve contributes significantly to the open green space of the City. Visitors to the reserve can experience its unique rural characteristics. The park provides a significant Link from Thomsons Bush through to Anderson Park along the North/South orientation.

It is used formally by sports and recreation clubs (Waikiwi Rugby Club), community groups (Bainfield Gardens and Spirit Army Charitable Trust) and other entities (Te Tapu o Tane, Glenrae Parks Ltd (Crafty Restaurant) and Southland Agricultural and Pastoral Association).

Key areas of interest include:

  1. Recreation Area
  2. Farm
  3. Sports Fields and Clubrooms
  4. Crafty Restaurant
  5. Potential areas for private land development
  6. Nursery and partnership with Te Tapu o Tane

Donovan Park is also visited informally by City residents for walking, running, cycling and casual sport and recreation.

Purpose of the Masterplan 

Masterplanning creates a ‘big picture’ vision to meet future needs within a community or local landscape.

The purpose of the Donovan Park masterplan project is to establish a long-term plan (30-50 years) for future park use, asset renewal and development, and help guide future funding decisions. Once approved, it will inform the development of the next Donovan Park Management Plan.

A range of technical and background information will be collated and reviewed to help form the basis of master planning decisions, including economic analysis and carbon sequestration opportunities.

Have your Say

Please take some time to fill out the survey below. There will also be public drop in sessions held - please refer to the key dates and lifecycle for more information:

• What do you like about Donovan Park? What don't you like?

• What do you think are the cultural, social, economic and environmental priorities for Donovan Park?

• What are your areas of interest and aspirations for the future of Donovan Park?

• What types of recreational and leisure activities do you think we need to provide at Donovan Park in the future?

• Is there anything missing at Donovan Park?

• For the Donovan Park Masterplan, what would success look like for you?

• How do you think we can best plan for future impacts of climate change?

• How do you think we can best plan for different land uses?

• What do you think are the main issues or challenges are for Donovan Park for the next 50 years?


  • To help us plan for the future of Donovan Park, we are developing a 50 year masterplan to guide the long-term use, management and development of the Park. We would like to build your views into our master planning work. Please take a moment to provide your comments, using the questions below as guidance:

    • What do you like about Donovan Park? What don't you like?

    • What do you think are the cultural, social, economic and environmental priorities for Donovan Park?

    • What are your areas of interest and aspirations for the future of Donovan Park?

    • What types of recreational and leisure activities do you think we need to provide at Donovan Park in the future?

    • Is there anything missing at Donovan Park?

    • For the Donovan Park Masterplan, what would success look like for you?

    • How do you think we can best plan for future impacts of climate change?

    • How do you think we can best plan for different land uses?

    • What do you think are the main issues or challenges are for Donovan Park for the next 50 years?

    Consultation has concluded
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