Porirua's Outdoor Recreation Park Development Plan

Panorama view of the Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park.

The Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park development plan covers a 550 hectare area which includes areas managed by Porirua City Council; Spicer Botanical Park, Te Rahui o Rangituhi (formerly known as Colonial Knob Parklands), and Porirua Scenic Reserve, plus Spicer Forest, which is jointly managed by Porirua City Council and Wellington City Council, and Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve which is managed by the Department of Conservation (DoC).

The Plan looks at track and entrance development, current and future recreation activities, landscape management and ways to reduce user conflict. It will guide the detailed planning for the facilities and tracks that will be built over the next five years.

Park advisory group sees the big picture

A tour of Porirua’s Outdoor Recreation Park on the weekend of 11-12 June 2016 has given members of a new advisory group a taste of the job ahead of them as they work with the Council to develop the area.

Members of the Advisory Group taking in the view from the top of Te Rahui o Rangituhi.

Taking in the view from the top of Te Rahui o Rangituhi (Colonial Knob) are members of the new Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park Project Advisory Group; (back row left to right) Rees Buck (volunteer), Mark Harris (Mana Cycle Group), Mike Wood (Tararua Tramping Club), Mark Neeson (volunteer) and PCC Project Manager Philip Royle. Front row (left to right) are Ashley Burgess (WORD Youth Mountain Bike Experiences), Peter Couchman (Facilitator) and Paul Blaschke (Ecologist).  Missing are Turi Hippolite (Ngāti Toa) and Peter Blaxter (Department of Conservation).

The Project Advisory Group is tasked with giving feedback on the Council’s Development Plan and programme for the Park, and providing assistance with detailed trail and facility planning and design.

The Development Plan covers 550 hectares of land, which includes areas managed by the Council; Spicer Botanical Park, Te Rahui o Rangituhi and Porirua Scenic Reserve, plus Spicer Forest, which is jointly managed by the Council and Wellington City Council, and Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve, which is managed by DoC.

The Development Plan looks at track and entrance development, current and future recreation activities, landscape management and ways to integrate recreation and conservation. It will guide detailed planning of the facilities and tracks to be built over the next five years.

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