Parks & Gardens
The District's main formal gardens are in Victoria Park and Queen Street, Waimate. They consist mainly of annual garden displays, shrubberies, tree plantings and perennial displays. Waimate District Council and Queen Street garden plots contain a mixture of trees, shrubs and annual plantings.
Cnr State Hwy 1 & 82, Centrewood, St Andrews, Makikihi, Glenavy, Urban thresholds, Totara forest are all native planted areas.
Queen Street and Gorge Road are shrub and tree gardens.
Routine matters that Council attend to every year, in order to maintain service levels set in agreement with our community are:
- Maintain attractive displays at Victoria and Knottingley Parks, Waimate District Council building, Queen Street and various Urban thresholds.
- Maintain Council street plantings and reserves.
Waimate District Council provide these reserves for recreational and leisure purposes for the Waimate community and visitors to the district. Community pride and public expectation is that council continues to provide these reserves. Our flowering display is completed twice yearly. Spring planting by the end of April, Summer planting by the end of November. We intend to provide a high maintenance standard in all these areas.
The main tree park is in Knottingley Park, Waihao Back Road, Waimate, and 2km from the town centre on an area of 33.59ha. Michael and John Studholme gifted Knottingley Park in 1874 to the Waimate District. The 33.59 ha have been extensively planted, which attracts the attention of many visitors.
A voluntary organisation call Friends of Knottingley Park also assists in the maintenance and development of the park.
On 17th July 2004, on the anniversary of 150 years since European settlement in Waimate, approx 26 trees were planted in an extension to Knottingley Park on Horgans Road including one planted by Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark.
Council intend to maintain and develop Knottingley Park using a partnership of Council resources plus groups such as 'Friends of Knottingley Park'. We provide these reserves for recreational and leisure purposes for local community and visitors to the district. Each year we plant at least 20 species of trees to reflect the concept of establishing an arboretum in Knottingley Park.
To contact the Parks & Reserves Manager call on 0274 392 759 or (03) 689 0000