Construction of a new park area at the intersection of Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street is starting this week.
Contractors were today erecting temporary fencing around the site to create a safe working environment for the project, which is expected to take about three months.
The $1.1 million park will improve the quality of public space within the central city and create a safer pedestrian environment and crossing point on Taranaki Street.
The main features of the design are:
an open paved area for events, markets, performances and theatre crowds
a double row of trees and ‘light boxes' for displaying art
attractive new seating
stormwater runoff captured and used to water the trees
removal of the slip lane from Courtenay Place to Taranaki Street (new carparking spaces will be provided around the park and in nearby York Street – off Taranaki Street).
City Council Public Space Design Manager Geoffrey Snedden says construction of the park in earnest follows work last year on the intersection itself – which will allow traffic from Courtenay Place to turn left into Taranaki Street.
He says a possible future use for the old Taranaki Street men's toilets – a heritage building on the site - will again be considered once the park is "up and running".
Courtenay Place Park project