New reserves contractor aims to create new local jobs

06 Apr 2021

A new team will be taking responsibility for the upkeep of the Coromandel Peninsula’s outdoor spaces from July this year.

Thames-Coromandel District Council has last week announced that, after a competitive tender process, Recreational Services Limited has been awarded the contract to manage and maintain the Peninsula’s parks, reserves, playgrounds and cemeteries. The Kiwi-owned and operated family business was founded in 1992 and will replace current contractor, Smart Environmental Limited.

The company tends more than 5,500 parks and reserves around New Zealand and has contracts with hospitals, schools, councils, sport stadiums and golf courses. It already holds sports or full facility maintenance contracts with 12 other councils, including Auckland, Christchurch, Far North District, Whangarei, Tauranga.

“Our Council is pleased that Recreational Services will be our partner in managing our green spaces and recreational assets,” said TCDC chief executive, Rob Williams. “During the tender stage they contested both the priced and non-priced attributes well, scoring above the other contenders. And while we are excited about the future, we also want to acknowledge the hard work over the years by the crew at Smart Environmental.”

Recreational Services has committed to working directly with Smart Environmental in order to take on as many staff as possible who may be impacted by the loss of the TCDC contract.

“We are thrilled to be coming to the Coromandel starting 1 July,” said Recreational Services chief executive, Cameron Parr. “We are blown away by the district’s natural beauty and we’re looking forward to working alongside [TCDC’s] parks team in finding innovative approaches to engage with the community to have a greater sense of ownership, pride and satisfaction in their local parks.”

TCDC’s parks and reserves contract is for an initial five-year term with the potential for two one-year extensions at the discretion of Council. Recreational Services says it is likely to have vacancies for mor people who have skills in areas such as operations management and administration, horticulture and tree maintenance. The company’s website,, has more information.


Caption - Some of those who were present when it was last week announced that Recreational Services Limited has been awarded the Thames-Coromandel District Council parks and reserves contract. From the left - Graham Norton Recreational Services Quality and Improvement Manager, Bruce Hinson (TCDC Operations Group Manager), Damon Brown (Recreational Services Regional Manager), Rob Williams (TCDC Chief Executive), Cameron Parr (Recreational Services Chief Executive), Derek Thompson (TCDC Community Facilities Manager) and Micaela Parker (Recreational Services People and Culture Advisor).