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Selwyn District is operating at Orange Settings under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. A vaccine pass is required to enter the Selwyn Sports Centre. For more information see our COVID-19 page.

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