The Plimmerton Dog Recreation Area — Te Papa Tākaro Kurī o Te Papa Rēhia o Taupō — has won a national award for its ‘co-operative approach and outstanding environment.’
The park, at the northern end of Plimmerton Domain, won the ‘Active Park of the Year’ at the Recreation Aotearoa awards dinner in Rotorua.
Judges said Te Papa Tākaro Kurī o Te Papa Rēhia o Taupō was an outstanding environment.
They were impressed by the collaboration that went into the project, which included bilingual signage.
“It is a valuable case study on a social, environmental, financial, and sustainable design approach,” they noted.
Porirua Parks Manager Julian Emeny said the award was made possible by the volunteer design group within Council and by contractors.
Ngāti Toa guidance
Theere was Input from the community and guidance from mana whenua Ngāti Toa.
“This was a collaborative effort to ensure we got it right, the result being an asset used regularly by our dog-owning residents and visitors to Porirua,” Mr Emeny said.
Recreation Aotearoa is a charitable body representing professionals in the recreation industry to deliver quality experiences, places and facilities across New Zealand.
Members include policy makers and planners, local Councils, voluntary organisations, regional sports trusts and Department of Conservation employees.