What does this mean for parks and playgrounds?

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.

Alert Level 3

Are playgrounds open?
No. Public venues are closed at Alert Level 3, including all playgrounds across the city. Signage and barrier tape will be installed at our playgrounds, reminding people why these measures have been taken. We know COVID-19 is highly contagious. It's not safe for children from different households to be using the same play equipment.

If you would like to report a breach of COVID-19 restrictions, you can report to NZ Police here

What about parks?
Buildings, playgrounds, carparks and all other facilities in our parks are closed. However, our parks are open for Hamiltonians to get out for exercise and fresh air. Physical distancing rules apply at Alert Level 3 – stay two metres away from anyone outside your bubble. Congregating in public places is not allowed and you should visit a park close to home. Toilets in parks and public places are closed, as are gated car parks. The fluoride-free tap at Claudelands Park is turned off.

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 always maintain two metres' distance from other people. The fenced dog exercise area at Minogue Park will be closed.

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. We cannot police our playgrounds, so our appeal is to everyone, especially 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.

If you would like to report a breach of COVID-19 restrictions, you can report to NZ Police here

What about Hamilton Gardens?
The themed gardens, Information Centre and café are closed to the public and the car park is locked. The open spaces can be enjoyed but please maintain two-metre physical distancing at all times. The playground and public toilets are closed.

What about Hamilton Park Cemetery?
Hamilton Park Cemetery gates will be staffed from 9am to 3pm on weekdays. Staff will open the gates to allow visitors to drive in. Visitors will be asked for their name and phone number to assist with contact tracing if necessary. At other times, the gates will be closed but people can still enter on foot. Please maintain two-metre physical distancing during your visit. 

What about Taitua Arboretum?
Taitua Arboretum is open for people to access on foot, but the carpark is closed.

What about public toilets in parks?
Public toilets in all parks are locked, except the Innes Common and Porritt Park toilets, which are open for freedom campers. However, physical distancing should still be maintained.

What about the river paths?
The river paths are open. Last time we were at Alert Level 3, the paths were extra busy, so users should take care and step off the path safely when encountering other groups. Cyclists need to use their bells and pedestrians should listen out for cyclists' warnings.

What will happen to the condition of our parks?
Staff will assess parks to decide on priority work, such as repairs and mowing to remove trip hazards. Public rubbish bins will continue to be emptied.


Page reviewed: 03 Oct 2021 2:11pm