Recreational Services takes on our District’s parks and reserves management contract 01 April 2021 After a competitive tender process, Recreational Services has been awarded the contract to manage and maintain our District’s parks, reserves, playgrounds and cemeteries. (Photo, left to right: Recreational Services (RS) Quality and Improvement Manager Graham Norton, TCDC Operations Group Manager Bruce Hinson, RS Regional Manager Damon Brown, TCDC Chief Executive Rob Williams, RS Chief Executive Cameron Parr, TCDC Community Facilities Manager Derek Thompson, and RS People and Culture Advisor Micaela Parker) After a competitive tender process, Recreational Services has been awarded the contract to manage and maintain our District’s parks, reserves, playgrounds and cemeteries. Recreational Services is a Kiwi-owned and operated family business founded in 1992 and now tends more than 5,532 parks and reserves around New Zealand and has contracts with hospitals, schools, councils, stadiums and golf courses. The company holds sports or full facility maintenance contracts with 12 other councils, including Auckland, Christchurch, Far North District, Whangarei, Tauranga and others. “Our Council is pleased that Recreational Services Ltd will be our partner in managing our green spaces and recreational assets,” says our Council’s 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 Ltd.” Recreational Services Chief Executive Cameron Parr says, “We are thrilled to be coming to the Coromandel starting 1 July. We are blown away by the district’s natural beauty and we’re looking forward to working alongside the Council’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.” The Recreational Services contract starts with the beginning of the new financial year, on 1 July. It is for an initial five-year term with the potential for two one-year extensions at the discretion of Council. Job Opportunities Recreational Services is in touch with Smart Environmental Ltd, previous holders of our Council's parks and reserves management contract, to take on as many staff as possible whose employment may be affected by the shift in contract. But Recreational Services will likely need to take on more people who have skills in the following roles and are passionate about green spaces and parks. They are looking to fill the following positions: Operations Manager Contract Administrator Team Managers Senior Arborist Arborist Trainee Arborist Groundsman Horticulturalists Trainee Horticulturalists Mower Operators Vegetation Operators Facilities Operators Playground and Asset Operators Response Operators See the Recreational Services website under the “working with us” tab for more information on these vacancies and to apply: rs.kiwi.nz.