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
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.
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.