New park plan at landfill site

00:09, Sep 17 2014
Burwood landfill graphic

Nearly $4 million will be spent turning a Burwood dumping ground into a recreation park.

A series of tracks, including a nature trail and a mountain bike dual slalom area, will be built on 63 hectares of land at the Burwood Landfill Resource Recovery Park.

The recovery park was established on the site of the former Burwood Landfill after the February 2011 quake to sort and dispose of demolition material.

SILT CITY: A constant stream of heavy trucks transport loads of silt caused by liquefaction from the quake-affected areas  into a landfill site at Burwood.
FROM LANDFILL TO PARK: The former Burwood landfill will be turned into a recreation park with nature and mountain biking trails.

The dump has to close at end of 2017 and will be rehabilitated into the 845-hectare Bottle Lake Forest, which is already popular with walkers, runners, mountain bikers and horse riders.

A proposed redevelopment plan, approved at the Burwood-Pegasus Community Board meeting this week, shows there will also be viewing points from the 25-metre high summit, which has been created from earthquake debris.

As part of its resource consent conditions with Environment Canterbury (ECan), the council has to produce a closure plan for the resource recovery park by Friday.


Council city water and waste unit manager Mark Christison said the draft closure plan had been completed and was about to be sent to ECan.

The redevelopment concept formed part of the closure plan, he said.

A council report to the community board said the estimated cost of capping, top soiling and grassing the area would be $3.9m, including $350,000 for track construction.

Christison said the majority of the cost would be funded by the normal operating costs of the resource recovery park.

Other additional costs would be funded through revenue from tipping fees, he said.

The council report said once closed, the landfill had the potential to become a significant feature within the Bottle Lake Forest Park.

The redevelopment plan had been popular with the public and other interested parties including the Parklands Residents' Association and the community board, the report said.

All 24 responses were supportive and provided positive comments about the plan.

Burwood-Pegasus Community Board chairwoman Andrea Cummings said the redeveloped park would be a great asset for the community.


1984 – Burwood Landfill opens.

2005 – Landfill closed and restoration work begins to incorporate the landfill into the Bottle Lake Forest Park.

2011 – Burwood Landfill Resource Recovery Park is established on the site after the February 2011 quake.

2017 – Landfill scheduled to close and rehabilitation of the forest park to begin. 

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