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 gardens
- Beaches and coastal operations
- Roads and open spaces
- Town Belt
- Community environmental initiatives
- Biodiversity (pest management).
From the green hills and the Town Belt to the wild south coast and the city’s botanic gardens, 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 ‘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 Botanic Garden, Otari Wilton’s Bush, Bolton Street Memorial Park, Truby King Park, the Town Belt and many other reserve areas.
We grow about 80,000 native plants each year in our Berhampore Nursery for use in parks, gardens and open spaces and manage over 30 hectares of lawns on over 700 sites throughout the city.
- We will progress the implementation the Council’s Our Capital Spaces framework to develop, promote and prioritise investment in the city’s open spaces and outdoor recreation facilities.
- We will take responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the National Memorial Park.
- Work will continue on the Children’s Garden at the Botanic Garden. This development is dependent on fundraising.
- We will support the introduction of the Wellington Town Belt Bill into Parliament to improve and modernise the governance arrangements for the Town Belt.
- We will complete the Suburban Reserves Management Plan covering reserves in the eastern, central and western areas.
- We will progress our Biodiversity Action Plan and the South Coast Management Plan.
- We will continue to work with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to develop a co-management plan for Tapu te Ranga Island (referred to in the deed of settlement between Ngāti Toa Rangatira and the Crown).
- Manage our involvement in international resilience programmes (eg application for funding from the Rockefeller Institute and UN resilience programme participation) as part of Our Living City.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2014/15 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 complies with quality performance standards
- at least 45,000 native plantings are undertaken by the Council
- at least 34,000 native plants are provided by the Council for community planting
- at least 70% 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)
- 90% of project outcomes are achieved (weighted by $ value).8
What it will costTop
|2.1 Gardens, Beaches and Green Open Spaces||Operating expenditure 2014/15||Capital expenditure |
|2.1.1 - Local parks and open spaces||(611)||8,545||7,934||1,098|
|2.1.2 - Botanic gardens||(409)||4,762||4,353||602|
|2.1.3 - Beaches and coast operations||(51)||1,371||1,320||568|
|2.1.4 - Roads open spaces||(667)||7,645||6,978||-|
|2.1.5 - Town belts||(209)||5,080||4,871||110|
|2.1.6 - Community environmental initiatives||-||632||632||-|
|2.1.7 - Walkways||-||597||597||625|
|2.1.8 - Biodiversity (pest management)||(38)||1,530||1,492||-|
|2014/15 2.1 Total||(1,985)||30,162||28,177||3,003|
|2012–22 LTP Yr 3 Total||(1,843)||31,056||29,213||2,605|
|Variance 2012–22 LTP Yr 3 to AP 14/15||(142)||(894)||(1,036)||398|