Parks Week is an annual event which encourages New Zealanders to appreciate and be active in the country's parks and green spaces.
Hamilton City Council manages more than 200 parks across the city. They include unique landscapes such as the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton East heritage cemetery, Taitua Arboretum (just outside the city boundary), as well neighbourhood parks, destination parks featuring modern playgrounds, and sports parks for organised sporting codes.
The Council's Parks and Open Spaces Unit has organised several activities and initiatives to celebrate Hamilton's parks and encourage the city's residents to enjoy and appreciate them during Parks Week.
About Hamilton's park network
- Council is responsible for 1,142 hectares of open space, and more than 70 kilometres of path.
- Managed and maintained by more than 110 Council staff.
- Volunteers contribute more than 13000 hours of labour to community planting activities every year.
- Our 45 sports parks include 32 cricket pitches and 21netball courts.
- We manage 19 different jetties along the banks of the Waikato River.
- We manage over 73,000 trees
Facebook photograph competition
We're running our annual online Parks Week photography competition for amateur photographers.
There are two sections – a junior section, for people aged under 15, and an open section for people aged 16 and older.
We're offering some great prizes for each section, provided by our partners Snapshot Cameras on Victoria Street.
You can only enter through the official Hamilton City Council Facebook page, where you will find details on how to enter, and the terms and conditions of our competition.
Kids colouring competition
Kids love parks! For Parks Week this year we're giving children a chance to express their creativity through a classic colouring competition. You can download the template here, and place your entries in the entry boxes at Hamilton City Libraries.
The competition opens on 27 February, and concludes on 12 March. Our winning entrant will receive a family pass (two adults, two children) to Hamilton Zoo as well as age group prizes of a family pass to Water World or Gallagher Aquatic Centre
Entries may be featured on the design of the new Western Rail Trail toilet block at Innes Common. For the terms and conditions of our colouring competition.
Magical Park Challenge
The Magical Park initiative is new for Parks Week 2017. A joint project involving local councils, the New Zealand Recreation Association and Parks and Leisure Australia, Magical Park turns a normal urban city park into a digital fantasy land playground.
Utilising a mobile device and the Magical Park app (apple and Android compatible) Councils can transform underutilised spaces or playgrounds into an exciting and engaging world for kids and families to explore.
The app creates a blended virtual world your family members will see once they enter the boundaries of the magical park.
In Hamilton, the Magical Parks are:
- Hammond Park off Geoffrey Place
- Innes Common by the yacht club
- Chartwell Park off Herbert Road
Our City Parks and Parks and Open Spaces staff are passionate about the work they do managing our green spaces.
Throughout the course of Parks Week, we'll be publishing their thoughts, experiences and insights into their work on our Facebook page. There will be one profile a day through the week, and it's a chance for you to understand what drives our team and how they contribute to our city's natural environment.
Click here to visit the Hamilton City Council Facebook page.
Parks Week Survey
Managing and maintaining our city's parks requires a significant investment of ratepayer funding.
As a public sector organisation, we want to ensure our management and development of our city's parks and green spaces meets the expectations of our residents, ratepayers and stakeholders.
We manage parks for a range of different organised and casual recreation activities – from club and representative sport, to people walking their pet dogs, and families with children enjoying our destination playgrounds.
For Parks Week 2017, we're running a survey to gauge our community's feedback on our parks.
Survey is now closed.
Throughout the year, our staff work alongside community groups to develop and enhance some of our city's parks.
We have a part-time staff member dedicated to community planting and a range of related activities and initiatives you can participate in.
If you'd like to make a small but important contribution to the city's natural environment during Parks Week, then click here to visit our Community Planting page and find out how you can make a difference.