2.1 Gardens, beaches and green open spaces
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We manage the city’s natural environment and gardens in ways that balance conservation and enhancement with opportunities for enjoyment and recreation.
What we do
- Local parks and open spaces
- Botanic garden
- Beaches and coastal operations
- Roads open spaces
- Town Belt
- Community environmental initiatives
- Biodiversity (pest management)
From the green hills and the unique Town Belt to the wild south coast and the city’s botanic garden, Wellington is surrounded by nature. Our activities seek to preserve the city’s unique environment and protect and restore its biodiversity. A high-quality natural environment enhances the city’s unique ‘sense of place’ and provides attractive, safe and accessible places for leisure and recreation. Our aim is to enhance enjoyment of these areas.
We ensure that the city’s beaches and coastline remain healthy, through a programme involving dune protection, planting, erosion control and maintenance of boating facilities.
We look after the city’s parks and gardens, including the Wellington Botanic Garden, Otari Wilton’s Bush, Bolton Street Memorial Park, Truby King Park, and many other reserve areas.
We grow approximately 80,000 native plants each year in our Berhampore Nursery, for use in parks, gardens and open spaces and we manage over 30 hectares of lawns on over 700 sites throughout the city.
- We will draft a Wellington Town Belt Bill to improve and modernise the governance arrangements for the Wellington Town Belt.
- We will develop a Suburban Reserves Management Plan covering reserves in the eastern, central and western areas and review the management plan for the Wellington Botanic Garden, Bolton Street Memorial Park, Otari Wilton's Bush and Truby King Park. These actions are required to meet our statutory obligations under the Reserves Act, and also provide an opportunity to ensure that we manage and develop reserves appropriately.
- We will continue to develop a Concessions Policy for the management of commercial activities on reserve land. The development of a Concessions Policy will ensure a consistent approach to managing commercial activity on reserve land and ensure that any commercial use of parks, coast and green open spaces benefits the community and the reserve network.
- We will continue development of the Open Space Framework. The framework guides investment and activities across all open spaces to align with community needs and identify gaps and opportunities.
- We will work with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to develop a co-management plan for Taputeranga Island (referred to in the deed of settlement between Ngāti Toa Rangatira and the Crown).
- We will continue to renew key tracks in our network including:
– renewal of the Piwakawaka Track in Odell Reserve
– renewal of parts of the Southern Walkway
– improving the summit track to Mt Victoria
– Te Raekaihau and Makara peak
- We will continue implementing projects that deliver on the South Coast Management Plan (2002). The focus of the work will be on coastal protection between Owhiro Bay and Point Dorset, including managing vehicle access, coastal dune protection, and upgrades of visitor facilities.
- We will reconfigure the Otari Wilton’s Bush Curator’s house. The reconfigured Curator’s house will better meet the needs of staff and visitors. This project will start in May 2014 with completion in September 2015.
- We will continue with the Biodiversity Action Plan programme. The programme establishes key native eco-systems with operational ‘pest management plans’.
- We will continue to support key projects that align with our environmental goals through our Environmental grants.
- The Our Living City Fund (formerly Environmental grants) will support community gardens, green infrastructure (living walls and roofs), resilience to natural events, reducing emissions, reductions from stationary energy, transport, water and waste.
The Charles Plimmer Bequest – Charles Plimmer bequeathed income from his residual estate to the Council for the benefit of the citizens of Wellington. This is used primarily to beautify areas of the city.
In addition to the Alex Moore Park beautification project, work will continue on with our planning and further fundraising for the development of the Children’s Garden at the Wellington Botanic Garden in 2013/14/15. Detailed design of the garden and fundraising is the objective of our work in the 2013/14 year.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2013/14 are:
- 90% of residents are satisfied with the quality and maintenance of local parks and reserves
- 95% of residents are satisfied with the quality and maintenance of the Botanic Garden
- 90% of residents are satisfied with the quality and maintenance of beaches and coastal areas
- 90% of residents agree that green open spaces, gardens and beaches provide good value for money
- 90% of residents are satisfied with the quality and maintenance of walkways
- 85% of residents are satisfied with the quality and maintenance of roadside vegetation
- 90% of residents use local parks and reserves yearly, and at least 30% use them weekly
- The Botanic Garden will have 1.2 million visitors
- 75% of residents visit the botanic garden yearly, and 10% visit it weekly
- 95% of residents use beaches and coastal areas yearly, and 25% use them weekly
- 70% of residents use walkways yearly, and 15% use them weekly
- 85% of residents are satisfied with the quality and maintenance of street cleaning
- 100% of our street cleaning is compliant with quality performance standards
- At least 45,000 native plantings are undertaken by WCC
- At least 32,000 native plants are provided by WCC for community planting
- At least 60% of high value biodiversity sites are covered by integrated animal pest control or weed control
- At least 95% of the grants funds are successfully allocated (through milestones being met)
What it will costTop
|2.1 Gardens, Beaches and Green Open Spaces ||Operating expenditure 2013–14 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|2.1.1 - Local parks and open spaces ||(454) ||8,113 ||7,659 ||1,657 |
|2.1.2 - Botanic garden ||(408) ||4,790 ||4,382 ||566 |
|2.1.3 - Beaches and coast operations ||(51) ||1,029 ||978 ||159 |
|2.1.4 - Roads open spaces ||(633) ||8,602 ||7,969 ||- |
|2.1.5 - Town belts ||(209) ||4,420 ||4,211 ||113 |
|2.1.6 - Community environmental initiatives ||- ||436 ||436 ||- |
|2.1.7 - Walkways ||- ||523 ||523 ||158 |
|2.1.8 - Biodiversity (pest management) ||- ||1,097 ||1,097 ||- |
|2013/14 2.1 Total ||(1,755) ||29,010 ||27,255 ||2,653 |
|2012/13 2.1 Total ||(1,733) ||29,013 ||27,280 ||2,650 |