Planning for the future of Mackenzie District’s parks, trails, facilities and amenities

The Mackenzie District has many local parks, reserves, trails and open spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy.

They play a big part in what makes the area a great place to live and visit.

People can either bike or walk along a number of trails, get a team together to play sport at the local sports fields, enjoy a picnic at several reserves or take the kids along to the playground.

We know there are a number of underdeveloped recreation spaces and that many of our trails have developed organically over time. Some of these trails are also not

The Mackenzie District has many local parks, reserves, trails and open spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy.

They play a big part in what makes the area a great place to live and visit.

People can either bike or walk along a number of trails, get a team together to play sport at the local sports fields, enjoy a picnic at several reserves or take the kids along to the playground.

We know there are a number of underdeveloped recreation spaces and that many of our trails have developed organically over time. Some of these trails are also not well-known or well sign posted. We also know that providing more connections, seating, shade or facilities like water fountains, furniture and toilets could make these spaces in even better.

If we improve our parks, trails, playgrounds and public toilets, locals and visitors would want to use these places more often.

That’s why we’re developing the Mackenzie District Parks, Trails, Facilities and Amenities Strategies and we need your help.

About the project

By developing these strategies, we’ll set out what we’ll do with our parks, reserves, trails, open spaces and facilities in the Mackenzie District, including those communities outside of the main townships, over the next 10 to 20 years.

It’ll provide an action plan for what we’ll focus on, what the priorities are and when we deliver each of the projects, making sure funding is allocated in the right places, at the right time. This also means developing a programme of work which will guide investment through the Long Term Plan, annual budgets and the Land Development Fund.

By creating a strategy, we’ll be able to:

  1. Understand how we meet the needs of the people who use the parks, trails and facilities now and how we can meet the needs of locals and visitors who’ll use them in the future
  2. Understand how we’ll be able to fund, manage and operate our parks, trails and facilities
  3. Make sure funding is made available in the right areas and at the right time

That’s why we want you to have your say.

Get involved and have your say

Over the next few weeks, we want to hear your feedback and insights into how you and the people in your community currently use the existing parks, trails, playgrounds and public toilets in the Mackenzie District, what you like about them, and what you think is missing.

We’ll use your feedback to consider where future investment should be directed.

There’s two ways you can have your say:

  • Fill out the short survey below.
  • Leave your feedback on our interactive map (see below).

Feedback closes at 5pm on Friday 21 May 2021. Thank you for taking the time to help us deliver better outcomes for our community.

Get involved and have your say

7 months

Key:

  • Pink dot = facilities 
  • Green dot = toilets
  • Blue dotted lines = trails 

Here’s how you can have your say: 

1. Zoom into the section of the map where you want to leave a comment.

2. Click on the + icon to the left-hand side of the screen 

3. Choose an icon depending on the topic you want to share your feedback on 

3. Drag your icon onto the map and drop it in the relevant area you are giving feedback about

4. Provide your feedback – you can leave as many comments as you’d like, using a new pin for each comment

Note: your answers to these questions will not be displayed publicly.

We look forward to hearing what you have to say! 

About our parks, reserves and open spaces 

Our parks, reserves and open spaces are used by a number of groups, clubs and organisations. 

Not only do we want to protect our parks, reserves and open spaces (including those outside of the main townships), we want to make sure they’re places where people can have fun and feel safe. 

That’s why we want to know what you like about these spaces and how we can make them even better for everyone to enjoy. 

About our trails 

Getting out on the trails is a great way to stay active, see new places and spend time with friends and family. 

We know that many of our trails have developed organically over time and there’s also a number of underdeveloped parks and trails. Some of these trails are also not well-known or well sign posted.

We want to better understand where these trails are, which ones are used the most and how to make them more accessible and enjoyable for all ages and abilities. 


About our playgrounds

Playgrounds keep our kids active and enable young imaginations to run wild. They’re physically challenging and allow kids to learn key social and cooperative skills.  

To make sure our playgrounds can deliver this, we need to know if they’re accessible and meeting the needs of the kids who love playing on them.  


About our public toilets

No matter where you go around the Mackenzie District, a clean and safe public toilet is essential. 

To cater for the increasing numbers of locals and visitors to Fairlie, Takapō/Tekapo and Twizel, Council has made a large investment over the last five years to construct new toilet facilities.

We now want to know whether you think there are adequate toilets in public spaces such as town centres, popular visitor sites, parks and recreation sites.


About our facilities and amenities 

We want to make our parks, reserves and open spaces even better. 

We want to know what you think about the facilities that are currently provided for at these places and which ones are more important to you than others. Facilities and amenities include: 

  • Landscaping 
  • Seating
  • Shade and shelter 
  • Water fountains 


Page last updated: 14 April 2021, 16:46