River Plan Objective: To create a safer swimming experience on the river and enhance this special neighbourhood park.
River Plan Projects:
History: This park is named after Hayes farm which covered the surrounding area. In the 1960s and 70s swimming was encouraged at Wellington Street beach and changing rooms and toilets were constructed. The changing rooms are now used for canoe storage.
Maaori Significance: Te Moutere O Koipikau Pa was constructed on Graham Island in the middle of the river near Hayes Paddock. It held a carved Pataka (food house) named Koipikau,which is believed to have been constructed during the time of Hotumauea and Hanui.
Use: Hayes Paddock incorporates wide open spaces with planted esplanade reserve and is used as a through route on the walkway/cycleway connection to Hamilton Gardens. The beach at Wellington Street is located at this reserve and is used for swimming during the summer. It is the city’s most popular river swimming location.