Public open space is defined as any area that includes public parks and planted areas, waterways and streets that can be used for recreation or public health benefit, or to help protect the natural landscape.
This can include green space (parks), blue space (waterways and coast) and grey space (streets, street malls or squares).
The Public Open Space Strategy provides a framework to guide the provision and development of all public open space within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula for the next 30 years.
The Public Open Space Strategy covers Christchurch City Council public open space such as:
Christchurch City Council (the Council) has a responsibility to manage this open space in a co-ordinated way, taking into consideration the challenges over the next 30 years. These challenges include:
An estimated 360,500 people live in Christchurch City and Banks Peninsula (2006 census) and 90.4 per cent live in urban areas. Using the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS) as the basis for growth planning in the Christchurch UDS area, the resident urban population is estimated to grow by a further 84,000 people over the next 30 years (by 2040).
As open space is integral to the city’s functioning and to its social, cultural, economic, and environmental well-being, the combined effects of resident and visitor growth on the future open space needs of the City and Banks Peninsula will be significant. Some of the main issues the Open Space Strategy will need to address include:
The Council has identified six concept plans, that provide an overview of how we plan to meet the goals and objectives. They include ideas of where future possible recreation routes may go (paths, tracks, walking and cycling routes), or locations and areas that may need an open space, i.e. a park, in the future.
The concepts are a long-term 30-year approach and the proposals and suggestions, if adopted, may take many years to happen.
It is important for us to understand what you think about maintaining the amount of open space into the future. This is known as the ‘levels of service’ or ‘standards’, and they determine the amount of open space that needs to be provided for per person.
|Open Spaces||Proposed Size||Current park or open space area per head of population||Proposed park or open space area per head of population by 2040|
|Pocket parks||Small sized open space Less than 1000m2||Very small numbers of pocket parks||As required for amenity in the central city for seating / lunchtime / timeout areas. Space for trees and amenity planting|
|Neighbourhood and Garden City parks||Medium sized open spaces 3000m2 to 1 ha||Neighbourhood parks 1 ha per 1000 people||Neighbourhood parks - 1 ha per 1000 people. Central City neighbourhood parks – 0.4 ha per 1000 people|
|Metropolitan / Sports parks||4.5 ha or bigger||3.5 ha per 1000 people||3.5 ha per 1000 people subject to the outcome of the Sports Park Plan|
|Council Managed Regional / Conservation parks||Size is highly variable||18 ha per 1000 people||25 ha per 1000 people|
|Waterways, living streets, green links, greenbelts||Linear open spaces a minimum of 8m wide for walkways and 20m wide for waterway margins||Not applicable||As required by detailed development plans|
|Cemetery||As required by the Cemeteries Master Plan||Not applicable||As required by the Cemeteries Master Plan|