Last Modified: 20-2-2019 22:54
Located to the south of Blenheim, with entry via Howick Road, or via the Wither Hills Farm Park, Harling Park is has a large Japanese themed area, built as part of a sister city project to represent the relationship between Blenheim and Tendo and Otari in Japan.
The Japanese contribution to the park was designed by Tendo City Council staff, and made possible by local donations, a grant, and volunteer effort. A landscaped garden, waterfall, pond and pagoda are some of the features of the park. The Japanese gardens were officially opened by Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman on 20th May 2005, in the presence of a Japanese delegation, including architect Takahisa Yamaguchi from Tendo.
The lower lying sections of the park can become waterlogged, and concrete drainage channels help remove excess water. The park provides a landscaped catchment for runoff from the Wither Hills and helps protect houses on the Wither Rise from fllooding and erosion during heavy rain. The north western part of the park has extensive native plantings near the entrance to the park. A steep, grassy hillside that forms the western boundary of the park is popular with children for use as a grass slide, utilising old flattened cardboard boxes as toboggans.
The park is named after a former Blenheim mayor, S. P. Harling.