People seek leisure and recreation both close to home, for passive recreation such as walking, and also further away (if necessary) for more organised recreation pastimes. Open Space and Leisure Facilities need to be developed on a regional basis, as people seeking recreation don’t concern themselves with Council boundaries.
As a result, the Open Space and Leisure Facilities portfolio group was tasked with conducting an audit of existing leisure facilities. The aim was to gain a regional understanding of facility provision and to identify points of difference in facilities and what activities might be better accommodated elsewhere. That report is now complete and available by following the link below. The group will continue to work towards the end goal of this project, which is a regional strategic.
It has been agreed by the CEOs and Mayors that in future it would be beneficial to identify projects that will benefit the region as a whole to help avoid duplication of facilities.
Aims of the group
- Support of ERA objectives and the sharing of council resources
- Establish a regional focus for open space and
leisure facilities provision
- Co-ordinated planning of open space, recreation and
leisure facilities across the region
- Identify and establish connections and relationships between existing recreation and leisure assets – for example, walking
trails and linear park.
- Identify and manage open space and nature corridors
- Identify and work with external agencies to support the aims
of the group.