Community keen to preserve The Groynes and Roto Kohatu
Christchurch City Council Newsline: 14th March 2017
Feedback shows that locals value the easy access to recreation activities offered by The Groynes and Roto Kohatu and want to see the area protected.
The community was asked what makes the area special and what areas could be improved as part of the initial phase of consultation for a Groynes Roto Kohatu Master Plan.
This plan will consider how the reserves to the north west of the city are to be used now and into the future. It is needed because of an increase in recreational use of the reserves. The plan will consider areas for expansion and change and how to manage and promote recreational activities while preventing overcrowding.
Linkages between and around the two reserves will be a priority of the Master Plan.
Christchurch City Council received over 60 responses at the end of last year from user groups, individuals and other stakeholder organisations. Council Senior Planner, Open Space Peter Barnes welcomed the feedback. “It's great to have so much interest from the community, and park users. The feedback will be very useful as we begin to draft the Master Plan”.
The feedback shows a strong appreciation of how close this area is to the city, giving easy access to recreational activities for all ages including individuals, families, school and tertiary education groups and clubs.
These activities include walking, dog walking and events, running, open water, fitness and recreational swimming, canoe polo, river kayaking, angling, sailing and water safety, model yachts, jet skis, outdoor education including Girl Guides, and relaxation.
Users strongly value the clean water and commented on the importance of the area as a special, peaceful place with a lot of birdlife.
Areas for improvement suggested are better managing access and anti-social behaviour, including vehicle speed and access, and improving signage and tracks for a range of users. It was also suggested that better track linkages between the Roto Kohatu and The Groynes reserves could be developed.
Facilities such as a café, toilets and drinking fountains were also mentioned and ensuring the water quality of the area is protected for future use was a big priority.
There was support for continuing with a native planting regeneration programme, managing pest plants, and keeping waterways and some bank areas clear to maintain and improve safety and access for recreation on and off the water.
It was also suggested the history of the reserves and their development should be considered as part of the plan.
The feedback is being reviewed and Council staff plan to bring back a draft to the community for further comment by the middle of the year.