Hamilton's West Town Belt is an extensive tract of open space along the edge of the central business district, connecting the Lake Domain to the Waikato River.
Where it is
The 54ha band of green space was originally designated for recreation in the late 1870s, and Hamilton City Libraries has material noting the West Town Belt as far back at the early 1860s.
Development of the West Town Belt Masterplan involves discussion and formal consultation with various key stakeholders – including mana whenua, community interest and advocacy groups, and the assortment of lease-holders occupying West Town Belt land – as well as providing information to the wider Hamilton community.
The Council recently held the Phase 1 Engagement which included stakeholder workshops, public open days and an online survey. The key themes emerging from of these events included:
- Improving safe and convenient pedestrian and cycling options throughout the West Town Belt
- Protecting the West Town Belt as a green, open space asset for all Hamiltonians to use and enjoy
- Improving facilities and amenities so that people can use the West Town Belt more
- Providing destinations and holding temporary events to attract more positive use
- Protecting the diverse types of open spaces that currently exist
- Celebrating our local history and stories
The Council will hold Phase 2 Engagement later in the year. This will be another opportunity for you to have your say and see how the community feedback to date has been incorporated into the masterplan.
The West Town Belt is a significant and well-loved community asset and the Council is committed to keeping our public informed in the development of this important park management plan.