Submissions reflected the public’s desire for the park to be a social space, that is accessible and inclusive for all Wellingtonians, and foster a sense of community and wellbeing. This involved over 100 requests to consider a range of seating options for the site, that are suitable for spending time with friends, eating, and providing accessible resting places for visitors. We have incorporated a variety of seating options into our plan, including benches, picnic tables, and lawn furniture that doubles as an informal play option for tamariki.
Other amenities that were requested in the pre-engagement and incorporated into the draft design include a drinking fountain, public bathrooms, and bike parking. Sentiments to include recreation opportunities in both the RIMA and DCM feedback have been acknowledged with a table tennis space, and a dedicated area for outdoor gym equipment.
In line with what we heard from Wellingtonians, and the objectives of the Council’s Green Network Plan, we plan to plant a variety of plants and trees on site, as well as install an integrated rain garden, that treats wastewater runoff from Taranaki Street. These designs will serve to make the space beautiful, as well as improving wai ora (water health) in the Te Aro area.