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Feedback sought on food and drink options at Esplanade

Friday June 18 2021

Palmy residents and visitors are being asked to share whether they think the Victoria Esplanade needs more options for food and drink providers.

Feedback is now open for the hospitality review for our city’s premier park.

Currently the Esplanade Café is the only place where food or drink can be purchased at the park, other than at Council approved events, and limits are set on opening hours.

Manager- Parks and Reserves, Kathy Dever-Tod says that with the increase in parks visitors, it is timely to gain a better understanding of what users want.

“With the introduction of Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery, the Junior Road Safety Park, He Ara Kotahi and more people visiting the river, the Victoria Esplanade is busier than it’s ever been, and we’re expecting that trend to continue. With this growth we need to ensure we have the right services available, that they’re in the right place, and meet the needs of our park users.”

Mrs Dever-Tod says the review is not about the type of food available at The Esplanade Café, as that is a matter for its operator to determine.

“The café operator has requested to extend their lease for a further three years. This review may help inform changes to the lease conditions, if any. We have no intention of waving goodbye to the café!”

Council staff are talking to directly affected groups, and park users, but are also encouraging people to have their say online at

Questions include: how often you visit, length of stay, whether you bring your own food or drink, whether you purchase food or drink at the park, whether you use the bbq’s, where food and drink should be available at the park, days and times for food and drink to be sold, and suggestions for what people would or wouldn’t like to see.

Feedback ends on 5pm on Friday 16 July. The feedback will be collated and presented to Council before November.