Yesterday the Nelson City Council began the process of changing the status of the Brook Recreation Reserve.
The newly appointed ‘local purpose reserve’ will become a centre for environmental education and conservation, a destination for camping and outdoor recreation, including commercial recreation and tourism development.
These changes will take effect once the process to change the reserve’s status is complete.
The camping area, which has yet to be designated, will host 25 sites available for extended residential camping.
The changes come as a result of community consultations, submissions and panels from the Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan.
Mayor Rachel Reese says the management plan carefully balances the wishes of various stakeholders with the needs of the wider community for use of the land.
“We appreciate all those who have taken the time to give input into this plan that helps us manage this special recreation asset for the city. We now have a clear path forward and can offer some certainty not only to residential campers but to the wider community.”