Ashburton District Council is seeking public feedback on how the district's parks, reserves, pools, walkways and other open spaces are used through an online survey.
People's survey feedback will help inform the development of a draft Open Space Strategy which, when completed, sets out the strategic priorities for the next 20 to 30 years, including what provisions might be required for the future
Senior Policy Advisor Fleur Mulligan says when people think about open space they often focus on the more traditional green space in and around their community. However 'blue space' which includes walking tracks alongside streams and rivers, is just as much a consideration when it comes to this strategy.
"When people are considering their survey responses, we'd like to encourage them to consider the different green and blue open spaces (blue spaces being rivers, creeks, lakes), in our district and how those spaces connect within the community.
"For example, how Lake Hood contributes to our lifestyle and recreation choices and how the local urban schools might connect with the new EA Networks Centre by walking or cycling paths.
"It's not about creating new projects, but more about coordinating and supporting those organisations and individuals who are already working in this space."
As part of preparing the strategy, Council is looking for public input to assist with understanding what the issues are in relation to open space and also what projects could occur in the district. Public input will also provide guidance as to the standards expected from open spaces including size, fencing and plantings.
Council will also be co-ordinating the development of the strategy with other open space providers such as well as consulting with other land management agencies and special interest groups.
The survey closed on Monday 6 April 2015.