The 10-year Reserve Management Plan that was prepared for this group of reserves in 2015 is being reviewed, and our Hastings District Council parks team wants your input.
These reserves are grouped together under one Reserve Management Plan because of their similarities and close proximity. They are ‘natural’ reserves with an emphasis on retaining natural features, adding native flora, and improving waterways.
Users are passionate about these reserves, and each has a highly motivated care group which assists Council to battle invasive weeds and plant natives.
All four reserves are ‘dog-off-lead’ areas, however dog walkers are required to have good voice control of their pets and to pick up after them.
The current Plan includes new shared cycling and walking tracks and mountain bike trails, providing links from Te Mata Park to the village for mountain bikers and a safe cycling option for families.
The review of this part of the Plan, being primarily around the shared use of tracks, arises from community discussion on track safety concerns. Council wants to second-check whether the tracks and trails continue to be supported by the community.
We are also taking the opportunity to investigate possible access improvements at the Keith Sands Grove entry to Tainui Reserve. We have also commissioned a cultural report on the reserves by Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, with any recommendations from that report considered for inclusion in the revised Plan.
This survey is part of a much larger data-gathering process to understand peoples’ views on and use of the reserves, including a ‘Coffee in Tainui Reserve’ day scheduled for 21 March to talk about the four reserves and interviews in the park.
If you would like to be kept up to date on the plan’s progress enter your email below.
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