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We are starting to develop a master plan for QEII Park. In planning what activity might take place in the park it is important for us to understand what makes QEII Park a special place for you.
A lot has happened in QEII Park, both historically and in more recent years. Take a look at an early history map [PDF, 15 MB] and a timeline [PDF, 8.8 MB] to see how QEII Park has changed over the years
More recently, the earthquakes have had a big impact on the park and this lead to the demolition of most of the park's assets. You can view the land quality map [PDF, 10 MB] to get a better understanding of exactly what condition the land is in.
Developments on the original park site are set out in the site map [PDF, 8.8 MB]. This includes the construction of the new eastern recreation and sports centre, the lease agreement to the Christchurch School of Gymnastics, for a new building on the park grounds and the sale of land to the Ministry of Education and subsequent construction of Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' schools. Proceeds from the sale of this land (less a $900,000 contribution to the Christchurch School of Gymnastics) have been set aside for the development and implementation of a master plan for the park
Feedback was gathered at a community day on 25 March, 2018 and online between 25 March and 9 April, 2018. Respondents were asked a number of questions to draw out what people valued about QEII Park, both in the past and currently, and aspirational values for the future.
In total, 36 people responded online and the community day was attended by in excess of 400 people, with 383 individual items of feedback provided (via a sign-in sheet and post-it-notes). Responses were a mix of values, ideas for uses of the park and feedback on topics that are out of the scope of the QEII Park Master Plan.
This feedback was used to begin the development of the draft masterplan. This process will take a few months and include the preparation for public consultation, which will need approval from both the Community Board and full Council. Consultation will run for a minimum of eight weeks and the team are working towards having this completed before the Christmas break.
People mentioned what they valued about QEII Park 533 times.
These were grouped into 55 different values which described why the park was important to them. The chart below is a summary of the top seven values. Other commonly heard feedback included the importance of the park to the local community as well as a desire to attract visitors to the area.
People mentioned ideas for QEII Park 528 times. These were clustered into seven types of ideas as shown in the chart below. Most commonly (over 40%), people asked for areas where they could be active, without cost. This included ideas such as walking and cycling tracks, and exercise and play equipment. Ideas for non-active areas that were also free were the next most popular (15%) with top ideas including BBQ and picnic areas, and space for community events.
The next three types of ideas were for pay-to-use sports, public amenities and free sports (all around 10%) and included ideas such as golf, car parking and sports fields respectively.
With so much happening in QEII Park and the local area it was no surprise that we received a lot of feedback for work that would not be included or consulted on as part of the master plan (often referred to as ‘out of scope’). The chart below is a summary of the 114 ideas given for out of scope work.
Nearly three quarters of this feedback was about the soon-to-open Taiora: QEII Recreation and Sports Centre. As the land for this project has already been allocated (including space for future expansion), it will automatically be included in the QEII Park Master Plan. Ideas for activity with the complex will be passed on the appropriate council team, as will feedback about transport on surrounding streets.
The land already leased to the Christchurch School of Gymnastics will also be automatically included in the master plan. The Residential Red Zone and school campus are not council controlled and therefor fall outside of the master plan process.