On Friday, the Environment Court found in favour of the Council’s proposed designs and has granted the resource consent.
Mayor Justin Lester says: “I am pleased to see the Environment Court decision stressed that the proposed redevelopment will only have positive outcomes for Wellington and no adverse effects.
“I’m delighted that we can now immediately commence work on a destination children’s playground in the heart of Wellington’s waterfront.”
The Council has set aside $2.5m of funding for the project in the Waterfront Development Plan (WDP) which forms part of the 10-year Long-term Plan.
The first stage involves a new children’s playground and is planned to get under way late this year or early next year.
“Initial design work on the playground is under way and I’m looking forward in the coming days to releasing more information about the proposed new playground.”
The Chinese Garden project is in the fundraising stage. The Chinese Garden Society is looking to complete that in the coming years.
Consultation on the 10-Year Plan opens for public feedback on Sunday 15 April.