The wellbeing of our community and our team are our number one priority. We are closely monitoring the advice from the Government and Ministry of Health and will be updating our website as new information becomes available.
Will playgrounds be open?
No. All playgrounds across the city are closed. This is to slow the spread of the virus. Signage and barrier tape has been installed at our playgrounds reminding people why these new rules are in place.
Will parks remain open?
Buildings, playgrounds and all other facilities in our parks are closed. However, our parks remain open for Hamiltonians to get out for exercise and fresh air, as long as they follow the government's strict guidance and maintain safe social distancing and isolation – you are not able to congregate in these areas. Toilets in parks and public places will be closed, as well as all carparking facilities. More information on physical distancing can be found here.
Will dog parks remain open?
Yes. You can still exercise your four-legged
friends at our dog parks if they are located within your local neighbourhood,
however your dog must be on a lead and please maintain two metres'
distance from other people at all times.
How will you stop people using the city's playgrounds?
We have signage up at all our sites reminding people why the new rules are in place. All carparks normally locked overnight will remained locked during the closure period apart from Hamilton Park Cemetery. We cannot police our playgrounds, but we will be appealing to people, especially to parents, to be practical and considerate of the wider community. If you see that signage has been removed from these areas, please ring us on 07 838 6699.
What about people who don't speak English and can't read the signs?
We'll have signs up in the languages most common in our community.
What about Hamilton Gardens?
Hamilton Gardens is closed to the public. That includes all open spaces, such as the Rogers Rose Garden and Rhododendron Lawn, as well as the themed gardens.
What about Hamilton Park Cemetery?
The closure of Council parks also applies to Hamilton Park Cemetery. Please ensure you are following government guidelines by not visiting at a time when everyone should be staying close to home. Funeral directors have details of new arrangements for the cemetery and crematorium.
What about Taitua Arboretum?
Taitua Arboretum is open for people to access on foot, but the carpark is closed. The fluoride-free tap has been turned off.
What about public toilets in parks?
Public toilets in all parks will be locked with signage explaining why the Council has taken this step.
What about the Riverpaths?
The Riverpaths remain open, however residents must not congregate in these areas and they must follow the government's strict guidance by maintaining safe social distancing and isolation at this time.
What will happen to the condition of our parks?
Staff will not be carrying out routine duties such as mowing or gardening, but rubbish bins will be emptied and emergency repairs will be made.