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Roose Commerce Park

River Plan Objective: To create a focal point for sports, health and recreation clubs, connected to the river.

River Plan Projects:

  • Work with all clubs for the redevelopment of purpose built, more spacious and architecturally significant boat sheds and clubhouses, including social spaces overlooking the river
  • Provide a floating purpose built boat launch ramp
  • Improve carparks and access to compounds for storage trailers
  • Provide public facilities such as toilets
  • Provide outdoor exercise equipment

History: This park was once occupied by a company transporting mined sand from the river.

In the 1960s this became an unsafe practice and buildings were handed over to the Waikato Rowing Club. The gazebo was built in the 1970s for a flower show at Claudelands and was moved to the riverside location. A large remnant from the original Union Bridge is located beside this structure.

Maaori significance: The Roose Commerce area was an important landing place used by Maaori (and early European settlers) in central Hamilton.

Use: This area is an integral part of the central city and is the home to clubs connected with the river: Waikato Rowing Club, Hamilton Hawks running club, and the Waikato Sport Fishing Club. Ferrybank and Roose Commerce Park connect to the walkway/cycleway network and provide a welcome break of green space in the central city. The area is surrounded by mixed use and medium density residential development.

New purpose built facilities for sports clubs along the river
A welcome break of green space in the central city