Posted by: Gregory | April 17, 2015

Opening public places

There are a few new and redeveloped spaces that are either newly opened or about to open. Each of them exist as both transport corridors and places in their own right, providing smooth, accessible walkways with plenty of seating for people who want to stay a while. I’m hoping to get along to each of the spaces within the next week or two and collect some photos for a followup post.

Cenotaph

The Beehive has always seemed gated and closed off, creating a public desire to open up the entranceway and connect to the Cenotaph. WCC has a project page that describes the recently completed changes:

  • restoring original features of the Cenotaph including garden beds and paving
  • new seats and lights
  • a new public artwork
  • new steps from the plaza up to Parliament Grounds allowing for a direct pedestrian route to the Beehive
  • removing the public toilets
  • removing some trees to open up the plaza and allow for the link through to Parliament

The artwork listed was commissioned by the Wellington Sculpture Trust, called Walk The Line.

The work was commissioned to mark the original bed of the stream which once flowed down what is now Bowen Street across the precinct to the nearby foreshore. The stream was culverted many years ago and now runs well  below Bowen Street, Lambton Quay and Whitmore Street.

With Joe’s installation the old path of the Wai Piro stream will be marked by over 300 carved jade and pounamu discs, meandering as a ‘stream’ through the precinct.  They will be carved from a range of Nephrite types sourced from the West Coast of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Russia, Mongolia and China.

The rededication ceremony was this morning and the space has been open to foot traffic since Easter Weekend.

Pukeahu

As part of the centenary of ANZAC forces landing at Galipoli, the National War Memorial underwent a stunning transformation, pushing the cars underground (but not all of them) and building a park and plaza in its place. The official opening is April 18, kicking off a week of events surrounding ANZAC Day 2015.

There’s some handy information on the Ministry of Culture & Heritage Pukeahu Park website, including a map and travel information.

Getting to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

By bus

If arriving by bus, use the Go Wellington services of 10, 11, 18, 21 and 47 services, which travel along Taranaki Street. The closest bus stop is just past the intersection with Buckle Street.

The bus information could stand to be more complete. They indicated the southbound stop on Taranaki Street without pointing out the northbound stop. Access to Pukeahu East, including the Home of Compassion Crèche, is closer to the Kent and Cambridge Terrace bus routes, which are more frequent at many times of the week.

Leonie Gill Pathway

From the WCC news release:

The project has revitalised what was previously a rough and underused route through the drainage reserve. The smooth new path runs from Cockburn Street to Tirangi Road, and down to Lyall Bay beach.

“It’s an east-west route through the suburb, which links to local schools, retail centres, the skate park and the beach. This means the pathway can be used recreationally by people wanting to get some exercise, as part of getting to school, or simply to get from one part of the neighbourhood to another,” said Mayor Wade-Brown.

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