Whangārei’s new Town Basin Park will feature a curved amphitheatre and a great lawn perfect for hosting community events, such as the Matariki Festival, outdoor cinema, artisan and food markets.
When they are not being used for events the public will be able to enjoy using the spaces for passive recreation, like picnics, catching up with friends and family, and relaxing.
Having an area to host events, as well as lots of green space, were two of the most requested items during public consultation on the park’s design.
Park lighting will make it possible to host night time events and will also help create a vibrant night time atmosphere within the central city.
Careful thought has gone into the design of the park to ensure safety and accessibility for park users of all ages and abilities.
The amphitheatre and planting behind it will provide a visual and physical barrier to Riverside Drive, while the play space has been located next to the great lawn, allowing children to move safely between the two areas.
Another important consideration was designing the paths to guide the public to use designated pedestrian crossings.
New public toilets are also being installed in the event space and will provide more facilities for park users, visitors to the Town Basin and people using the Hatea Loop.