Parks and reserves
We manage more than 130 parks covering more than 3540 hectares. Of this, over 2702 hectares is held in 14 conservation parks. There are 20 sports parks, 32 neighbourhood parks, 40 general amenity parks, and four premier parks. Some park lands are grazed until such time as they are needed for active recreation.
- Premier parks provide high quality experiences in key locations such as Mighty River Domain at Lake Karāpiro, Te Awamutu Memorial Park, Te Awamutu Rose Gardens and Te Koo Utu Park in Cambridge.
- Conservation parks provide for the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and allow for low impact recreational use. These include Maungatautari Ecological Island and Kakepuku, and Lake Rotopiko (Serpentine) and Lake Ngāroto.
- Sports parks provide for a wide range of physical activities and sports, such as Kihikihi Domain, Albert Park and Castleton Park sports grounds in Te Awamutu, and the Leamington Domain and Town Belt in Cambridge.
- Neighbourhood and amenity parks provide urban communities with recreational opportunities for children, walkways and cycle linkages.
Future parks are identified in strategic town planning processes and are aligned with national guidelines. The development of individual parks is identified through reserve management plans and strategic plans for our significant parks. Council-administered buildings and facilities on these parks are maintained and managed in accordance with asset management plans.
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Te Awa river ride
Te Awa is the great New Zealand river ride, and follows the mighty Waikato river through some of the Waipā’s most beautiful scenery. Find out more at te-awa.org.nz .