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  • Aircraft/Drones

    About the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems on, above, or crossing council land.

  • Dog Parks

    The Foster Park Dog Exercise Area in Rolleston township allows dog owners to exercise their dogs off-leash in a safe and secure environment.

  • Foster Park
  • Recreation and lakes

    recreation reserves and information on other places to enjoy in Selwyn's great outdoors

  • Land Exchanges

    A list of any land exchanges currently under review

  • Plans & Policies
  • Playgrounds

    Information about Council play spaces including playgrounds, community parks (including skate facilities), flying foxes and their locations

  • Reserves & Sportsgrounds

    Information about Council Reserves and Sportsgrounds and their location

  • Planning an event

    If you are planning an event or activity in a Selwyn Park or Reserve you will need a permit. Download the event planning guide, find information about funding, marquee use and venue hire.

  • Skate parks

The Council's Open Spaces Unit works with local communities and management committees to manage the publicly-owned open space areas in Selwyn District.

Rhododendron walkThese areas include sports grounds, children's playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, camping spots, gardens, scenic areas and places where plants, animals and aspects of our historical and cultural heritage can be protected and displayed for future generations. For information on any of these areas please follow the link to the left.

Open space forms an integral part of the District’s aesthetic, social, ecological, cultural and economic life. The purpose of the Open Spaces Strategy is to set the direction for provision of an open space network that will meet the District’s needs for the next 30 years.

The Council has a smokefree policy and we request that people do not smoke in public outdoor areas, like playgrounds, parks and sports grounds, and at Council supported events. This policy is in place so that everyone can enjoy public spaces and public events in a smokefree environment and to provide good role modelling of smokefree behaviour to children.

Freedom Camping Report

Special functions

If you wish to use one of our reserves for a function, such as a wedding, we need your request in writing.

You can contact the Council or email directly.

Policy on Memorial Seats [PDF, 101 KB] in Reserves and Public Spaces