Wainoni Park Redevelopment Guide

Wainoni Park Redevelopment

Wainoni Park Redevelopment Guide

Auckland, Greenhithe, Auckland 0632, New Zealand

Created By: simon parsons

Tour Information


An old sports park gets an upgrade to respond to the area’s growing population.

Project Summary

​​​​​​​Wainoni Park has undergone significant upgrades over recent years, prompted by major residential growth in the area and a demand for more local recreational opportunities.

The redevelopment works were driven by the parks team, who worked with surrounding landowners, community groups and sporting groups to create a unified vision for the park. The local community was engaged in forming the development plan. Students from the local primary school were invited to contribute what they wanted in the playground to make it ’theirs’. Two equestrian clubs, the ratepayers association and the local sports clubs were also engaged.

The design process was conducted by council landscape architects with support from external designers. The project components were staged over several years to minimise the impact on existing users of the park.

Improvements included upgrading existing facilities, creating new access points, new walkways, a boardwalk and bridges, a new entrance, a car park, landscaping, sports field upgrades and the installation of floodlights. Re-vegetation of the main ephemeral streams was also delivered. Concerns regarding the quality and availability of sports fields were addressed by upgrading the sports field infrastructure.

A play space was developed that celebrated the history of Greenhithe, incorporating pre-settlement and colonial themes. The success of the bespoke playground generated the need for greater support facilities, including seating and shade, which were added in response.

The Greenhithe Pony Club and Greenhithe Riding for the Disabled are located at the northern and southern ends of the park and lease the land from Auckland Council. The two groups often share resources, providing mutual benefits. Both organisations have had substantial input into the improvements, and a positive influence on the park.

The community clearly appreciated the result, with the reserve delivering significantly wider community attributes than sport alone.

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What You'll See on the Tour

CONNECT PEOPLE The new walkways in this park have successfully connected people to the park and to each other. By delivering convenient and safe connections with the surrounding cycling and walking networks, the park is now easy to access ... Read more
CONNECT PEOPLE Enhanced walkway connections connect people to the park and to each other by linking the parks key activity nodes together. The post and rail fences that line the paths through horse paddocks enhance the rural character and ... Read more
ENJOY HEALTH, WELLBEING & FUN This park’s design provides opportunities for social interaction, active and passive physical activity; and places for children and young people to have fun, play and learn. Seating and shade provide for... Read more
ENJOY COMFORT & SAFETY The raised edges around this sports field provide informal seating for spectators, and trees around the edges provide shade and shelter from the elements, making the park a more comfortable and enjoyable place to... Read more
UTILISE OUR RESOURCES EFFICIENTLY The soft fall mats in the play space are made of recycled materials and involve less maintenance than woodchip softfall surfacing. This water feature located next to the play space creates the opportunity ... Read more


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