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Like many of
you, one of the things I most enjoy about our district are our beautiful gardens
and open spaces. There’s nothing quite like a stroll through the Ashburton
Domain, especially when spring arrives and the pink tree blossoms make their
The Domain is
one of many areas throughout the district that are managed and maintained by
the Council. In fact, the Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team look after 86
parks and reserves as well as 11 open cemeteries and five closed cemeteries.
That’s over a hundred sports fields, parks, gardens and reserves to keep spic
of these spaces plays an important role in the wellbeing of our community. They
provide a place for people to meet, play sport, be active and enjoy our
takes great pride in delivering these areas, and on the whole, they are usually
an absolute delight to enjoy. We know that they are appreciated, because you
tell us so. Our Annual Residents’ Survey consistently sees exceptionally high
satisfaction rates from residents.
that our outdoor areas are a big component of what makes our district so
attractive and enjoyable, which is why the Council increased spending in this
area during the last financial year. An extra $278,000 was spent within
reserves, while an additional $224,000 was allocated to parks and recreation.
You might wonder
why there is a need for extra funding, but what some may not realise is that
over the years, Council has been vested additional land by the community. This
means that the Council has had an increasing number of spaces to maintain,
which stretches resources even further. Increasing our funding to keep all our
green spaces in order helps to ensure they are maintained to a high standard
that residents and visitors have come to expect.
A few weeks ago,
I along with others in the community noticed that these parks and reserves were
not looking as they usually do. A combination of wet weather leading into
summer, intermittent sunny temperatures and the scaled-back workforce over the
holidays saw these usually pristine green spaces and garden beds looking in
need of some TLC. Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the Long Term
Plan and assessing the level of funding required to manage this service.
We have a lot to take pride in around our
district, and the abundance of green public spaces and facilities is certainly
on my list. With this sunny weather about, why not plan a picnic with friends
and family in one of the many parks and reserves dotted around the district?
You can find a list of these on the Council website www.ashburtondc.govt.nz under the
‘Our District’ menu.