Information Centre for New Park

9 July 2013

A new information centre at 175 Taranaki Street is the place to head to find out more about the major work going on in Buckle Street to create Wellington’s new National War Memorial Park and traffic underpass.

Young boy and girl at the new information centre.

Check out the new information centre on Taranaki Street

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You can see plans and timelines, historic photos of the area and some of the finds unearthed during the excavation work. These include parts of an Armstrong gun used for artillery training from the late 1880s, bullet cases, an ivory toothbrush and a clay pipe.

Also on show is a replica 19th century domestic well that has been built using 1850s bricks from a large well uncovered during the project.

The new information centre is on the ground floor of the Memorial Park Alliance headquarters and open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The Government is building the new park, Pukeahu, in preparation for the 2015 centenary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, and the City Council is meeting part of the cost. The park will cover the area where Buckle Street is now, between Taranaki and Tasman streets, and across to the National War Memorial.

To make way for the new park, an underpass for traffic is being constructed. Once this is completed in late 2014, work will begin on the park so that it is ready for the Anzac Day commemorations on 25 April 2015.

In the meantime, the National War Memorial is being spruced up and earthquake-strengthened. The Hall of Memories underneath is still open daily.

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