New Zealand Parks Categories & Levels of Service
The parks categories and levels of service framework have been developed by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA), in consultation with the New Zealand parks sector, to provide a New Zealand relevant industry guideline for consistent application across the parks and open spaces sector.
The categories provide a baseline framework for individual organisations to utilise as appropriate to their circumstances.
In broad terms, the categories selected are based on the following factors:
- Character (what the park looks like)
- Purpose (what the park is used for)
- Level of service (standard of development and maintenance)
The categories are designed so that organisations will be able to allocate all their parks and open spaces, in all but exceptional circumstances, to one or more of the categories.
This is the first New Zealand, industry developed and agreed, set of parks categories. It is recommended that these categories be used by territorial local authorities for the planning and management of parks.
In addition to the standard typology for parks categories, is the provision of a standard levels of service framework associated with each of the categories.
NZRA wishes to thank the following organisations whose financial contributions assited with the development of the Parks Categories resource
Auckland City Council Gisborne District Council
Christchurch City Council City Care
Downers Dunedin City Council
Gore District Council Hamilton City Council
Hastings District Council Masterton District Council
Nelson City Council New Plymouth City Council
Onsite Development Palmerston North City Council
Queenstown District Council Rotorua City Council
Selwyn District Council Timaru District Council
Upper Hutt City Council Waikato District Council
Wellington City Council Whakatane District Council
Waimakiriri DC Far North District Council