Kilbirnie Park Open Space Upgrade

The skatepark specialist company CONVIC are on board and are working on the design for the skatepark and youth space, informed by the principles and objectives of the masterplan. CONVIC are specialists in design and construction of skateparks, with 20 years of experience working on skateparks worldwide. “Skateparks are much more than just a concrete slab with a few obstacles, it is a community space for hanging out and catching up with friends, it can be an iconic colourful piece of art that represents your culture, community and identity,” explains the team at CONVIC. Their mission is to design beyond the skatepark, to ensure it is functional as a key urban greenspace that serves the local area and a unique destination for Wellingtonians and visitors and can account for other initiatives outlined in the masterplan.

CONIVC have now prepared a draft concept design for the skatepark. This is based on the initial engagement in February which included a key stakeholder meeting, public engagements, school engagements and an online survey. The survey for the draft skatepark design closed 31 May 2024.

About this project

In 2023, Isthmus Group was engaged to prepare a masterplan for Kilbirnie Park as directed by the Suburban Reserves Management Plan. This process was also informed by a 2021 council decision to allocate $1.5M from the Charles Plimmer Bequest for open space upgrades and $500K for play space renewal. In 2022, following the results of a Wellington city skate feasibility study, a further $5.64M was allocated to support development of a new skatepark within Kilbirnie Park.

After significant engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders and the community, the masterplan was completed at the end of 2023. It provides a guiding framework for future development of the park over time, subject to funding decisions made through the Council’s Long-term Plan and Annual Plan. More information about the Council’s Long-term Plan process can be found here.

Kilbirnie Park Masterplan

Informed by significant engagement throughout the past year with a diverse range of stakeholders, the Kilbirnie Park Masterplan was completed at the end of 2023. This document sets up the framework for future development of the park, subject to funding decisions made through the Council’s Long-term Plan and Annual Plan processes.

Read the Kilbirnie Park Masterplan

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the concept design options for the masterplan. You can read a summary of the community feedback here.

What is included in the masterplan?

The masterplan provides an aspirational 30+ year vision and framework for the future of Kilbirnie Park.

The short-term priorities outlined in the masterplan to be delivered within existing funding include:

  • Delivery of a new destination skatepark
  • Renewal of the community play space
  • Loop track around the sportsfields, with informal play opportunities
  • Working with mana whenua for opportunities to celebrate Ākau Tangi Pā
  • Improving the path network, planting, landscaping and consolidating carparking

The long-term vision of the masterplan is to create a cohesive, vibrant, and accessible community and recreation hub that prioritises safety, embraces diversity, and nurtures play. The plan provides one potential future (and concept design) for the park, but it is intended to be adaptable to future trends, opportunities, and funding decisions.


The skatepark specialist company CONVIC are on board and are working on the design for the skatepark and youth space, informed by the principles and objectives of the masterplan. CONVIC are specialists in design and construction of skateparks, with 20 years of experience working on skateparks worldwide. “Skateparks are much more than just a concrete slab with a few obstacles, it is a community space for hanging out and catching up with friends, it can be an iconic colourful piece of art that represents your culture, community and identity,” explains the team at CONVIC. Their mission is to design beyond the skatepark, to ensure it is functional as a key urban greenspace that serves the local area and a unique destination for Wellingtonians and visitors and can account for other initiatives outlined in the masterplan.

CONIVC have now prepared a draft concept design for the skatepark. This is based on the initial engagement in February which included a key stakeholder meeting, public engagements, school engagements and an online survey. The survey for the draft skatepark design closed 31 May 2024.

About this project

In 2023, Isthmus Group was engaged to prepare a masterplan for Kilbirnie Park as directed by the Suburban Reserves Management Plan. This process was also informed by a 2021 council decision to allocate $1.5M from the Charles Plimmer Bequest for open space upgrades and $500K for play space renewal. In 2022, following the results of a Wellington city skate feasibility study, a further $5.64M was allocated to support development of a new skatepark within Kilbirnie Park.

After significant engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders and the community, the masterplan was completed at the end of 2023. It provides a guiding framework for future development of the park over time, subject to funding decisions made through the Council’s Long-term Plan and Annual Plan. More information about the Council’s Long-term Plan process can be found here.

Kilbirnie Park Masterplan

Informed by significant engagement throughout the past year with a diverse range of stakeholders, the Kilbirnie Park Masterplan was completed at the end of 2023. This document sets up the framework for future development of the park, subject to funding decisions made through the Council’s Long-term Plan and Annual Plan processes.

Read the Kilbirnie Park Masterplan

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the concept design options for the masterplan. You can read a summary of the community feedback here.

What is included in the masterplan?

The masterplan provides an aspirational 30+ year vision and framework for the future of Kilbirnie Park.

The short-term priorities outlined in the masterplan to be delivered within existing funding include:

  • Delivery of a new destination skatepark
  • Renewal of the community play space
  • Loop track around the sportsfields, with informal play opportunities
  • Working with mana whenua for opportunities to celebrate Ākau Tangi Pā
  • Improving the path network, planting, landscaping and consolidating carparking

The long-term vision of the masterplan is to create a cohesive, vibrant, and accessible community and recreation hub that prioritises safety, embraces diversity, and nurtures play. The plan provides one potential future (and concept design) for the park, but it is intended to be adaptable to future trends, opportunities, and funding decisions.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for your time to take part in this survey. Before we get specific about the concepts proposed, please tell us a bit more background about yourself – it helps give us an idea to who and where responses have come from and informs the process going forward. 

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