Place strategy

News and Information – Council asks “Where’s your happy place?”

The survey results will be used to help update Wellington City Council’s Open Spaces and Recreation Strategy – Our Capital Spaces.

The strategy sets out how the Council will meet the needs for open space and recreation throughout the city as it grows and diversifies.

President of Puroro Rangaranga | Social, Cultural and Economic Committee Councilor Jill Day says our network of open spaces and recreation is essential to a good quality of life in Wellington.

“These are the places where we connect with nature, take time out from our busy lives, relax, get active and socialize.

“The Council has an important job to ensure there are enough parks and recreation facilities that are fit for purpose and will meet the needs of our growing and changing population over the next 30 years.

This survey will help to understand how Wellingtonians use these places and their thoughts on what would improve their experience and participation in the future.

Mayor Andy Foster says the network of parks and reserves and range of recreational opportunities play a vital role in how we think and feel about life in Wellington.

“We have one of the best reserve and track networks of any city in the world. They are an integral part of our way of life and are what allow us to be a privileged place for biodiversity.

“We are blessed with an abundance of special places and spaces from the wild coast to the top of greenbelts, gardens and parks, from odried up at Oriental Bay, from the tops of the hills and back down, inside and out – so picking the favorites is quite a challenge.

“But we welcome everyone’s feedback so that our public spaces and places are even better for generations to come.”

The scope of the strategy includes city parks and other outdoor public places such as the waterfront, beaches, nature reserves, street spaces, skate parks and sports fields. It also covers public indoor active leisure facilities such as swimming pools and leisure centres.

To have your say and share your experiences of your happy places in Wellington, simply complete the survey here. The survey will take less than 5 minutes and is open until 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 1, 2022.