Tasman is full of stuning natural and recreation settings - with three national parks, a long and varied coastline, inland waterways and lakes and a well-developed network parks and reserves.
Population growth and tourism in Tasman lead to more people wanting access to open space areas. The development and protection of the open space network and improvements to the quality of open space is therefore increasingly important.
Open spaces, for the purposes of this Strategy, include all of the parks, reserves, cycleways, walkways, cemeteries, beaches, rivers, lakes and other areas in Tasman that our residents and visitors use for recreation, as well as natural areas that we value for environmental reasons.
This Strategy does not consider developed roads and streets, and civic areas in town centres. Further, only the non-competitive uses of sports fields are considered. These settings are considered in other planning processes implemented by Council.
The intent of this Strategy is to help maximise the benefit the environment, residents and visitors gain from Council’s investment in the District’s open spaces.
This includes responding to changes in demand resulting from population growth and age profiles, as well as seeking to better link existing areas of open space for improved ecological values and recreation access.
The Strategy also aims to make the most of Council’s relationships with other providers and managers of open spaces (such as the Department of Conservation and Ministry of Education), and the many volunteer agencies which work to protect and enhance our natural resources and improve access to recreation settings.
Various issues have been considered: