Rolleston town centre - Rolleston Reserve development

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Special Consultative Procedure September 2020

Selwyn District Council is seeking community feedback on the proposed design and layout for the redevelopment of Rolleston Reserve.

The proposed changes to the reserve are part of the wider Rolleston town centre project. Work on the town centre is already under way, with Tennyson Street being upgraded and construction of Te Ara Ātea making good progress.

Over the past year we’ve been consulting with the community about options for the reserve redevelopment. Based on this consultation we’re proposing four distinct areas across the reserve to create spaces that the whole community can use and enjoy. These are:

• Youth space
• Sensory space
• Green space (passive reserve space)
• Supporting pedestrian links and infrastructure


The reserve car park has been created which includes 76 car spaces including accessible spaces as well as provision for bus parking.

We’ve provided more details in the articles below (under the 'News Feed' tab) with information about the proposed spaces, designs and layout.

Please read through the information, view the designs and examples and if you’d like to give your feedback please make a submission.

You can make a submission using the online submission form.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of the submission form, or pick up a hard copy of the form from the Council offices or any Selwyn District Council Library or Service Centre. Completed forms can be returned by mail, email, or in person to the Council offices or any Selwyn Library or Service Centre. See feedback form for details.


Public hearings

Public hearings on submissions to this consultation will be heard by the Council in November, if required. If you would like to present your feedback on these proposed changes to the Council in person, please indicate this on the feedback form, or email rtcreserve@selwyn.govt.nz. We will contact you to advise the details so please make sure you provide your contact information.

Note: provision can be made for submitters to present via videoconferencing, and NZ Sign Language interpretation can be provided. Please let us know any requirements.

Public submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

Special Consultative Procedure September 2020

Selwyn District Council is seeking community feedback on the proposed design and layout for the redevelopment of Rolleston Reserve.

The proposed changes to the reserve are part of the wider Rolleston town centre project. Work on the town centre is already under way, with Tennyson Street being upgraded and construction of Te Ara Ātea making good progress.

Over the past year we’ve been consulting with the community about options for the reserve redevelopment. Based on this consultation we’re proposing four distinct areas across the reserve to create spaces that the whole community can use and enjoy. These are:

• Youth space
• Sensory space
• Green space (passive reserve space)
• Supporting pedestrian links and infrastructure


The reserve car park has been created which includes 76 car spaces including accessible spaces as well as provision for bus parking.

We’ve provided more details in the articles below (under the 'News Feed' tab) with information about the proposed spaces, designs and layout.

Please read through the information, view the designs and examples and if you’d like to give your feedback please make a submission.

You can make a submission using the online submission form.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of the submission form, or pick up a hard copy of the form from the Council offices or any Selwyn District Council Library or Service Centre. Completed forms can be returned by mail, email, or in person to the Council offices or any Selwyn Library or Service Centre. See feedback form for details.


Public hearings

Public hearings on submissions to this consultation will be heard by the Council in November, if required. If you would like to present your feedback on these proposed changes to the Council in person, please indicate this on the feedback form, or email rtcreserve@selwyn.govt.nz. We will contact you to advise the details so please make sure you provide your contact information.

Note: provision can be made for submitters to present via videoconferencing, and NZ Sign Language interpretation can be provided. Please let us know any requirements.

Public submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

  • Youth space

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    The proposed youth space is located on the edge of the entertainment and food precinct of the town centre. This location will help create a connection between the recreational activities of the town centre and the potential activities of the youth space.

    We would like to hear what the community wants to see in the youth space. The current concept is based on feedback obtained by the Selwyn Youth Council from Selwyn district schools. This proposed concept currently shows the following examples:

    • Half court netball and basketball
    • Parkour ball experience
    • Hang-out spaces and seating
    • Skate area
    • Provision for sound and music
    • Dance mat
    • Small performance deck with sound
    • Table tennis
    • Elevated seating for views
    • Drinking fountain


    The images provided show just few examples of what might be included in the youth space. Let us know what else you would like to see in the youth space. If you have any other feedback on this space, please click here to make an online submission.

  • Sensory space

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    A sensory space is an area which engages all the senses – sight, touch, sound, smell and taste.

    The proposed sensory space will provide a place the whole community can use and enjoy, including those with diverse needs.

    Many unique design features are included in the proposals such as:

    • Large, easy-to-follow pathways
    • Non-toxic fragrant plantings
    • Raised plantings at a higher level for easy access
    • Non-toxic edible plants
    • Design features which make use of colour and can be manipulated
    • Water fountain
    • A range of seating styles and heights
    • Sound and colour features


    The images provided show just a few examples of what might be included in the sensory space. If you have any other feedback on this space, please click here to make an online submission.

  • Green space - passive reserve space

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    In keeping with the reserve’s traditional use we propose to retain a significant area of passive reserve space. This would include landscaped areas and include a large green space.

    The proposal would also include the following;

    • Suitable seating
    • Green space and planted areas
    • Pathways
    • BBQ area
    • Picnic tables
    • Planting


    The images provided show just a few examples of what might be included in the green space. If you have any other feedback on this space, please click here to make an online submission.

  • Pedestrian walk​​​​​ways through reserve

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    The proposed design for the reserve shows main pedestrian links that connect to the town centre and the new Tennyson Street precinct. Walkways are wide so that a number of people are able to share the path. There are also a number of cycle parks around the reserve.

    Lighting and security cameras are proposed throughout the town centre. Lighting would be time controlled, with no lighting late at night on the reserve except for pathways deemed critical. This would discourage public use activity during the hours of darkness, consistent with police recommendations for community safety and in line with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) recommendations for the space. Street lighting around the reserve would be maintained as usual.

    The proposed promenade on the edge of the reserve is retained, creating a link between the Tennyson Street entrance and the town square and town centre car parking. It will be limited to pedestrian, cycle and scooter use only.

    If you have any feedback on the proposed pedestrian links, please click here to make an online submission.

  • Car parking

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    The reserve will be served by a number of car parks. The main one is the new car park off Tennyson Street, already under construction, which includes 76 car parks and provision for bus parking.

    A number of on-street parking bays are also proposed around the perimeter of the reserve.

    In addition to the reserve car parking a total of 441 car parks will be provided in the town centre. For more information on the wider town centre plans see www.selwyn.govt.nz/rtcroading.

    If you have any feedback on the proposed car parking design, please click here to make an online submission.