Parks, Playgrounds and Sports Fields

We are lucky to have a great variety of open spaces in Canterbury for recreation. Why not pack a picnic or some sports gear or bikes and spend an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors!

Why not spice things up by visiting a different playground or park each week...

Around Christchurch City
Greater Christchurch and surrounding districts

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Accessible playground open in Halswell Domain

Fully accessible playground at the Halswell Domain.Child and Youth Friendly Christchurch/ Ōtautahi has been working on the development of an accessible playground for several years.

Halswell Domain was chosen for this project because it has accessible toilets. The playground has a swing and a roundabout that are suitable for wheelchair users, as well as accessible bongo drums and a play shop panel. The flooring is also accessible to allow good wheelchair access.

The project was made possible through the support of the Christchurch City Council (CCC) Parks and Recreation team plus funding from The Rātā Foundation, CCC Metropolitan Fund and Halswell Community Board.

From waste ground to recreation ground

The Burwood Resource Recovery Park site now has a new use lease of life as a recreational space the public can enjoy - after previously being used to sort through the material from buildings damaged or demolished after the earthquakes.

“When you look at the Burwood Resource Recovery Park site now it is hard to believe that it was once full of construction and demolition waste from across the city,’’ says Christchurch City Council Resource Recovery Manager Ross Trotter.

“The remedial work and landscaping that has been done over the past couple of years has completely transformed the site and it is now ready to be incorporated into Bottle Lake Forest Park.’’

A park-like environment has been created with walking and mountain bike tracks and areas for birdwatching.

More than 100,000 native plants have been added as part of the extensive landscaping.

“I really encourage people to come and explore this new recreational area,’’ Mr Trotter says.

The new recreation area will open to the public from Monday 27th February 2023.