NPDC’s proposed developments for city icons released for feedback

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NPDC wants your views on proposed future developments and management strategies for Pukekura Park and Brooklands Zoo.


The draft Pukekura Park Management Plan will guide the future shape of the park and zoo over the next 30 years and includes several proposed, but not confirmed or budgeted-for upgrades.


NPDC Group Manager Planning and Infrastructure Kevin Strongman says public feedback is a key part of the plan’s development.


“More than 600 people gave us feedback and told us what’s important to them. There was unanimous acceptance that something needs to be done regarding Bellringer Pavilion and the Bowl of Brooklands but there were mixed opinions about how much should be done, and universal support that we need to ensure the welfare of zoo animals during Bowl events.


“There was also a strong wish to keep the park as a safe haven for pedestrians but also general acceptance for some type of separate cycling route.


“It is however important to keep in mind that all the proposals in the draft plan are subject to change and haven’t been budgeted for – those discussions would take place during future Long-Term Plan processes,” says Kevin.


Also open for feedback are proposed changes at Brooklands Zoo, which are designed to improve the experiences of animals and visitors by strengthening education and conservation, and retaining social species that are best able to cope with noise and activity. Habitats could be improved, and developments such as a canopy walk, education spaces and natural playgrounds could be developed.


Free entry would remain and the zoo would stay on its current site.


Any upgrades to Brooklands Zoo or Pukekura Park would be staged as funding becomes available.


More information and a feedback form are online at Feedback closes on 15 September.


Fast facts

  • The Recreation Ground opened on 29 May 1876. It was renamed Pukekura Park in 1908.
  • Brooklands Zoo opened on 27 February 1965.
  • NPDC looks after 1,600 ha of park and reserve land, 16ha of gardens and 50 playgrounds.
  • In May, Pukekura Park received the Green Flag Award – an international accreditation of quality – for the 10th year in a row.