Citycare Property Open Space Community Areas Awarded Green Flag Recognition

Recently, two open space areas that Citycare Property maintains were given Green Flag awards for 2021/2022 — Ambury Regional Park and Randwick Park, both in Auckland. 

The Green Flag Award® is an internationally recognised programme that acknowledges well-managed parks and open spaces that provide their communities with high-quality recreational experiences. 

Ambury Regional Park, winner of a Green Flag Award, is a working farm, an education centre and a bird watcher’s paradise. Visitors to the park can take advantage of the walking and cycling tracks, BBQs and picnic spots and even the opportunities to interact directly with the farm animals — there is public lamb feeding and cow milking between July and November — or participate in community workshops.
Given its strategic topography, the land was an important site for a number of iwi including Wai-o-Hua and Ngati Whatua. Stone mounds located around the park are some of the best evidence of Maori gardens left on public land in Auckland. The name of the park is taken from the Ambury Milk Company, which provided the town milk supply from 1893 to 1965, and the remnants of a windmill and wells that were part of the Ambury Milk Company, still remain.

With more than 80 hectares to explore, visitors to Ambury Park can enjoy a range of activities and facilities including a working farm, biodiversity area and picnic facilities. 

Located within the Manurewa Local Board area, Randwick Park, winner of a Green Flag Community Award, is bordered by Alfriston in the north, Ardmore to the east, Takanini in the south and Manurewa East to the west. Established in the mid-1970s, it is an area of contrasts with an abundant, vibrant and growing community. 

Randwick Park was first recognised with a Green Flag Community Award in 2019.

Randwick Park has once again received a Green Flag Community Award for its ongoing focus on community activities and initiatives, such as the local skate park.

“Both of these awards are testament to the Citycare Property teams involved in the maintenance of these neighbourhoods and who, as is the case with Randwick Park, partner with organisations such as For a Cause to deliver these services,” says Renuka Narayan, Operations Manager – Open Spaces Management Auckland.

“Awards judges visit parks and communities throughout the country to determine which have met the Green Flag standard and it is particularly pleasing to be the recipient of two awards from the 24 conferred.”

The winning sites will be gifted a Green Flag to fly proudly in their parks for the public to see, so keep an eye open to see if you can spot one when out and about.