Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Wellingtonians to have say on future of city park

Wellingtonians are being invited to provide their thoughts on the future of the new inner-city Frederick Street Park.

Wellington City Council says it is developing the space in partnership with both Māori and Chinese communities, with input from local residents, to reflect the area’s history and look at its future.

The park upgrade is a result of the Council’s Green Network Plan, which has a target of delivering two new inner-city parks for Wellington. This project will be the first new park to be delivered in line with this strategy and aims to strengthen community connections and improve the surrounding environment.

Mayor, Tory Whanau says the project is a win-win for all of Pōneke.

“This is a success story for the city overall as history is being remembered, heritage is being preserved, more green space is being provided, and social housing is being created.

“The Green Network Plan is designed to deliver ecological, social, economic, cultural and public health benefits to the central city, enhancing its liveability for existing and new residents, workers and visitors alike – and this project ticks all those boxes.”

The Council purchased the 726 square-metre site from the Cheops Holdings Limited (associated with the Kirva Trust) for $3.7 million to develop the park.

The Te Aro area has a strong history for both Māori and Chinese communities so it’s important to take that into consideration when designing this park, said Chief Planning Officer, Liam Hodgetts.

“By understanding and incorporating the history of the site, we can create a park that is a source of pride for the community and contributes to its sense of place,” he said.

“We look forward to hearing what the public wants so we can incorporate their feedback into the design process. They can tell us their ideas through the Let’s Talk channel or have a chat with us at a number of engagement sessions in the area.”

Wellingtonians can have their say on the proposed plan until Sunday 30 July at www.letstalk.wellington.govt.nz/frederick-street-park.

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