Reserve - Park User Guidelines

If you're planning to use one of our reserves or parks for a picnic, BBQ, small gathering etc there's just a few things you need to know;

  • Signs, banners, guy ropes, etc., are not permitted to be affixed to any tree or structure and should be set in a safe location to not cause a trip hazard.

  • Portable gazebos can be used.  Larger structures are not permitted, as they can restrict public access to the reserve/park.

  • The display of small signs, to direct guests to your location is permitted but these must be self-standing and not fixed to any existing natural or man-made structure.  Any signs, furniture or decorations must be removed upon your departure.

  • Please remove your rubbish.  Council encourages recycling.

  • Please be aware that the reserve/park will have other users and the public are entitled to enter at any time.  This includes car parking.

  • Permission is given for the use of a small number of chairs and tables to be used on the reserve/park.  Safety of these chairs is your responsibility.  Please ensure they are removed from the reserve/park upon your departure.

  • The following Statutory Council Bylaws must be adhered to: Dog Control Bylaw 2016, Alcohol Control Bylaw 2016 and the Reserves and Facilities Bylaw 2018.

  • Council has a Smoke Free Policy for all reserves.

Key Health & Safety Requirements:

It's important to us that you have an enjoyable and safe experience in our parks/reserves, so here are some basic health and safety requirements to take note of;

  • Site inspection:  Inspect your event area and identify any hazards/risks that are present.  You will need to put measures in place in order to remove the hazard/risk or reduce the chance that the hazard/risk can cause harm e.g. covering a small hole to minimise the chance of someone tripping.  If you are concerned about a hazard/risk, please contact Council on 07 571 8008.

  • BBQs:  Check that any gas bottle and associated valves and fittings are certified and fit for purpose.  If you have a fire extinguisher available and know how to use it, have it easily accessible.

  • Supervision: Ensure you have a sufficient amount of adults, so that children are closely supervised at all times.  For more information regarding adult to child ratios see the Early Childhood Education website.  An example for licensed mixed ages child care facilities is 1 adult for up to 3 mixed aged children (i.e. aged between 0 – 6 years).  

  • Water Safety:  Water Safety New Zealand identifies four simple rules to remember, each time you venture near the water.

    • be prepared

    • watch out for yourself and others

    • be aware of the dangers

    • know your limits

  • Safety:  Keep a working mobile phone on site and know the location of the closest Emergency Department.

Page reviewed: 14 Feb 2019 8:56am