The Future of Hagley Park

By Professor Chris Kissling

Hagley Park in Christchurch is a treasured urban green space, comparable to iconic parks like London’s Hyde Park and New York’s Central Park, offering a variety of recreational activities and acting as a vital carbon sink for the city. Governed by the Christchurch City Council under the Reserves Act 1977, the park’s unique management plan aims to preserve its heritage and recreational value. 

However, challenges such as proposals for vehicle parking, the impact of significant events, and the encroachment of commercial and professional sports, particularly cricket, pose threats to its integrity, requiring vigilant public and administrative oversight to maintain its original vision and environmental health.

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