The consent will allow a high ropes course to be built at the western end of the reserve land in the central city, dubbed "the railway land" by locals. It will be sited among the trees, next to the skatepark, and will not impede public access to the reserve.
Council planners deemed the proposed activity was consistent with land's zoning for recreational purposes.
The consent noted that the open nature and character of the railway land will be maintained and the proposed course does not result in removing established vegetation around the park.
It also noted the high ropes course will be positive for the city, providing another outdoor recreation activity for residents as well as visitors. It will add vibrancy and interest, and is expected to be popular with younger people, so sits well alongside the skatepark.
Other factors that related to the consent were:
- The activity can only operate between 9am and 9pm
- A building consent will still be required. The course is eight timber poles, erected to a height of 12.5m above ground level. The traversing height is 8m. The course will be arranged in an ‘L’ shape.
- The site area is 585m2 (3.51ha) and is located near the existing skate park and public toilets.