Public feedback is being sought on a new management plan for the 330 parks and 1400 hectares of reserve land in the Rodney Local Board area.
The draft Rodney Local Board Parks Management Plan includes two substantial volumes – Volume 1 sets out its scope and purpose and Volume 2 looks at what it will mean for individual parks and reserves in each subdivision.
Each park is described in two pages, with a detailed map showing notable cultural, heritage and natural features, followed by more detailed information and management issues and intentions for the land. A management issue might be freedom camping and a management intention could be to protect the park from kauri dieback, for example.
The plan was developed as a result of community consultation in 2019, when the Board asked for feedback on current and future use of parks, as well as consultation with community groups, hapu and iwi.
Plan project coordinator Sophie Kaur says the plan describes how people use parks, which areas need protection and what should be considered before improving a park.
“We want to hear from the Rodney community so we can make sure we’ve got the plan right. Tell us if there is anything we should change, what you like and what you don’t like,” she says.
The draft Rodney Local Parks Management Plan can be viewed at Warkworth, Wellsford and Mahurangi East libraries, the Auckland Council Warkworth service centre at 1 Baxter Street, and accessed online at https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/draft-rodney-local-parks-management-plan, where there is an online submission form. Alternatively, suggestions about the draft plan can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Rodney Local Parks Management Plan, Auckland Council, Private Bag 92300, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.
There will also be a drop-in information session at the Warkworth service centre on Wednesday, July 27.
The draft plan is open for consultation until Monday, August 15.