Drummond Street Steps

18 April 2011

A rundown zig-zag path on Drummond Street in Mount Cook has been replaced with a new flight of steps connecting Tasman and Hanson streets as part of a plan to revamp the area.

The Gardens team have planted out alongside the Drummond Street steps

The Gardens team have planted out alongside the Drummond Street steps

Overgrown vegetation has been removed and flowering cherry trees now line the street and footpath. New lighting and landscaping has transformed the area - and in winter when the cherry trees lose their leaves, more sunlight will get through.

A tangle of cables connected to a single power pole on the old zig-zag footpath has been tidied up. Low-slung power cables have been lifted out of the way for safety and a fibre-optic telecommunications cable has gone underground.

The Drummond Street project, completed at a cost of $977,000, started in May last year - part of a wider plan to revamp the Adelaide Road area.

Contractors have installed new kerb and channel, footpaths and street lighting in lower Drummond Street between Hanson Street and Adelaide Road. As well, the green space on the corner of the Drummond and King streets has been expanded, and a raised pedestrian crossing installed at the Adelaide Road intersection.

Council Parks and Gardens staff recently put the final touches to the area by planting native grasses on each side of the steps.