Parks and lawns across Wellington are now being renovated with traditional and new techniques though to October, in preparation for expected high usage in the summer months.
Some of the central city’s busiest lawns, including Midland Park and Glover Park (pictured above) will be fenced off for up to 30 days to allow new grass time to germinate and grow.
Dog exercise areas also need to be renovated to recover from heavy winter use. These areas will still be able to be used, but with some restrictions.
Renovation procedures will include topdressing, weed control, drainage work, fertilising, and sowing with new grass seed.
The Council is also experimenting with a hybrid turf – an artificial turf that allows real grass to grow through.
Matt Beres, WCC Mowing Team Manager, says that the Council’s sportsfields team has successfully trialled a section in one of the goalmouths at Seatoun Park.
The hybrid turf will be laid on one lawn at Midland Park and on a section of the Cog Park dog exercise area.
The full list of lawns getting a makeover:
- Glover Park (partially fenced off for up to 4 to 5 weeks)
- Midland Park (fenced off for up to 4 to 5 weeks)
- Cobblestone Park
- Railway Station lawns
- Magyar Millennium Park, corner of Molesworth and Hawkestone streets (partially fenced off for up to 4 to 5 weeks)
- Civic Centre, including Jack Ilott Green
- Katherine Mansfield Park, Hobson St
- Waititi Lawn (outside Parliament, corner of Lambton Quay and Molesworth Street
- Cog Park dog exercise area
- Kent and Cambridge Terraces
- Freyberg Pool lawns