Two parks win international award again in Waitākere Ranges

Publish Date : 02 Jun 2023
Wild Flowers At Waikumete Cemetery
Wild Flowers At Waikumete Cemetery.

Parrs Park and Waikumete Cemetery in the Waitākere Ranges have once again been awarded the coveted Green Flag award, an internationally recognised quality mark for parks and green spaces.

The Green Flag Award scheme evaluates parks based on criteria such as service quality, safety, maintenance, community involvement and sustainability. Both parks have been recipients of this award multiple times since 2014, with Waikumete being the first cemetery in the southern hemisphere to win the award.

Wāitakere Ranges Local Board Chair, Greg Presland, is delighted with the acknowledgment that these cherished taonga are among the best in the world.

“I’m very glad that Parrs Park and Waikumete Cemetery have won the Green Flag award again,” he says.

“On behalf of the board and our community, I’d like to congratulate and thank those who tirelessly work to ensure our parks are well cared for. This award is a testament to their remarkable mahi and we appreciate their efforts in preserving and safeguarding the Wāitakere Ranges we all love.

“This is also a reminder that we need to keep investing in these public spaces and ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has access to quality parks and green spaces.

Parrs Park

Located in Glen Eden, Parrs Park is popular with young people, joggers, walkers and cyclists. The walkway inside the park meanders around the sports fields and through the macrocarpa.

The park features a playground, parking (including designated mobility parking), picnic tables and seating, accessible toilets and changing rooms, sports fields, fitness equipment, a skateboarding area, half basketball courts, barbecues, and drinking fountains.

There’s also a 1.2km loop Parrs Park Path around the park.

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery is a place of beauty, tranquillity, quiet reverence and rich history, which has served greater Auckland and Waitakere since 1886.

It is the largest cemetery in New Zealand – the final resting place for over 70,000 people, occupying a site of 108 hectares in Glen Eden, Auckland. It’s also one of the largest public parks in the Auckland region.

The prestigious Green Flag award was awarded to 10 parks across Auckland this year:

  • Ambury Regional Park (Māngere Bridge)
  • Auckland Domain (Grafton)
  •  Long Bay Regional Park (Long Bay)
  • North Shore Memorial Park (Schnapper Rock)
  •  Parrs Park (Glen Eden)
  •  Sanders Reserve (Paremoremo)
  • Tāwharanui Regional Park (Tāwharanui Peninsula)
  • Tōtara Park (Manurewa)
  • Walmsley/Underwood Parks (Mount Roskill)
  • Waikumete Cemetery (Glen Eden)

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