Rutherford Park development

Contractor:  Gibbons Construction
Project Manager:  Opus
Budget: $3 million
Status: Under Construction
Time frame: 5 years


The development of this project is aligned with the re-opening of the Trafalgar Centre.  See the latest updates on both projects here.

January 2016

Trafalgar Centre upgrade 8s


The Rutherford Park upgrade is underway. Detailed design is close to completion and resource consent has been given.Site fencing has been expanded to include the old Rifle Range Building and new access road. Access to the old Tennis Courts for car parking will be closed from the end of January. The skate park has been left accessible for now, but will be closed after the school holidays.

November 2015

At a full council meeting on 19 November, Council voted to accept a further $700,000 expenditure on the Rutherford Park project.

Read the Rutherford Park Roading and Parking Concept Plan Report in the Council Meeting Agenda.

Read the full media release here.


The development of Rutherford Park into an active urban park and recreation space will support the reopening of the Trafalgar Centre. The development will improve the structure of the park, provide recreational facilities for families and enhance connectivity with the city and the sea.