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Bird Park attraction coming to Carterton

By Chelsea Boyle

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A new neighbourhood park is coming to Carterton and public consultation is now open for design ideas.

The park, named Bird Park, will be a new feather in the cap for Frederick St and Charles St.

It’s a space Carterton District Councillor Rebecca Vergunst believes has a lot of potential and she is keen to see more green spaces in Carterton.

An aerial perspective of the current plans for Bird Park. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
An aerial perspective of the current plans for Bird Park. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

“There is not a lot of green spaces down there at the moment, the nearest one is Brooklyn Rd.”

While the council has some proposed plans, she said it is just a starting point to spark ideas.

“It’s just something for them to go off,” she said.

“We are in the process of consultation at the moment, and so we are waiting to see what people’s top priorities are.

“We are very open to hearing what people have to say. I’m expecting we will get a lot of different opinions about it. We will try to incorporate as many ideas as possible.”

One approach that may remain steadfast is keeping the area low maintenance.

She said they did not want something that would prove costly for council in the long-term.

Mrs Vergunst will be door knocking properties near the site on January 14 to hear what residents think about the park.

“It’s important to make sure that all residents and not just ratepayers in the area are consulted about the Bird Park concept,” she said.

She said the project marks her first big undertaking as a new councillor. She was looking forward to creating a new park.

It didn’t get much better than that, she said.

Consultation is open until January 31.

To take part, people can visit the CDC website or stop by Council offices on Holloway St for a hard copy.

The committee members will review all submissions on February 3.



  1. Hi I live in Endelave Way which is a street off Charles St, I think the park is an awesome idea and I love the concept, I just have 1 idea, and that is to put in a few exercise stations as well, namely some pull up bars and some dip bars these are relatively cheap and virtually zero maintenance, just would give adults something to do while they are watching their children on the swing and slide etc. It also promotes healthy lifestyle which I think Carterton should be promoting. The more people exercising the better. I think there is also an opportunity for more cycle tracks and cycle lanes around Carterton to hopefully get more children cycling to school and around town. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my ideas.

    Roy Tromp

  2. Excellent idea but the bollards will not make it a secure dog park so they would be unable to be leash free. Many young dogs have no road sense and will run through any gaps. We need secure gates to ensure no accidents between dogs, vehicles or pedestrians. Also, the children’s play area needs to be in an enclosed space, separate from area where dogs are playing. This will ensure park can be enjoyed by all parties.

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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