Landscape Plan for park at old Redcliffs School site

We are seeking feedback on a draft landscape plan and a name for the new park at the old Redcliffs School site.

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 19 November 2018 to 17 December 2018

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Consultation has closed

Consultation on a landscape plan for a park at old Redcliffs School site has now closed. We heard from 51 individuals and groups. You can read their feedback [PDF, 39 KB] and view the revised landscape plan [PDF, 2.4 MB]. From Friday 15 March (afternoon) you can also read the staff report, which includes the recommendations that will be presented to the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board on 20 March, 2019.



The Ministry of Education (MoE) is currently rebuilding Redcliffs School on the old Redcliffs Park site. The old school land is controlled and managed by the Council, as a recreation reserve and buildings are currently being demolished. Following the sale of land to the MoE, $1.2million is available to develop a new park. The area is slightly smaller than the former Redcliffs Park (by 643m²) but there is room to replace all the facilities of the former park. The existing playground, furniture, car park and a community building will be kept. A junior and intermediate football field, toilet, drinking fountain, additional furniture and new signage will be constructed. A new perimeter path is also proposed. The climbing net from the old park will be relocated to the existing play area.

Redcliffs Park Landscape plan


Park features

The money from the sale of the land to the MoE will be sufficient for the following projects:

  • Refurbish playground (complete)
  • Relocate climbing net
  • Repair/ refurbish buildings and services
  • Tidy up hard surfaces
  • New perimeter path
  • New furniture and signage
  • Construct sports fields and relocate goal posts, irrigation and drainage
  • Landscaping
  • New toilets
  • Perimeter fence

Additional items

If there is any surplus money once all of the planned work is complete, we can use this to fund projects for the future recreation spaces (2 on the landscape plan). You can share ideas for affordable projects in the attached submission form.
The site is also being considered as a possible location for a skate park as part of the Bays Area Skate project.

Sports at the park

Ferrymead Bays Football Club used the Redcliffs Park sports fields in winter. Football will continue to have access to the sports fields in the new park.

We will replace like-for-like with a junior and intermediate field, landscaping and appropriate irrigation and drainage, if required.  We aim to have the sports fields constructed by winter 2019 and ready for use once grass has established.


Plants and trees

The decision on which trees remain in the park was made by the Community Board earlier this year. The large Elm and English Oak  in the centre of the field  will be remain, along with several other native and exotic plants on site. Landscape planting will be included  along the back fence of the park.

Existing building use

The lease arrangements for the community building on the site are still to be determined. However, if you are, or know of a group who would like to be kept updated about this process, please let us know by ticking the box on the submission form attached. There is no formal vehicle access to the building.

Natural hazards

Geotechnical advice is that the site is suitable as a park. With fencing and planting between the park and the cliff base.

Cultural significance

Redcliffs and Te Ihutai (Avon Heathcote Estuary) make up a significant Maori cultural landscape. As part of the land exchange with the MoE, Rūnanga asked for involvement in the development of future plans and we will work with them throughout the consultation period to explore opportunities.

Park name

A Te Reo name - Te Papa Kura, has been gifted by local iwi. Papa is a word for park and Kura can mean both school and red. We are asking for feedback on the full name for the new park.


What happens next?

Once consultation has closed, the project team will analyse the feedback and produce a staff report which will go to the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board for approval.

Talk to the team

Staff will be available for an informal chat:

Tuesday 27 November, 4-6pm
Redcliffs Bowling Club, 9 James Street, Redcliffs

Or contact us any time.



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