18 April 2018
A ‘little park’ will be installed outside Kebabaholik on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Guyton Street on Thursday, April 19.
A little park, or ‘parklet’, is an outdoor structure with tables, benches and plants which can be used in downtown areas to encourage people to sit, eat, talk to each other and spend time in the central city.
Town Centre Regeneration project co-ordinator Ellen Waugh says the little park is part of a series of pieces of “social infrastructure” which will be created to help people feel welcome in the central business district.
“The idea behind the little park is to increase the vibrancy in our main street and hopefully inspire conversations and connections between people.
“Little parks are relocatable, so we can look at moving it around. We have removed one car parking space to install the park as well as a bike rack, which will be replaced by a newer one.”
Ellen says feedback from businesses has been really positive and she has worked with Mainstreet Whanganui on the design.
Further ideas to regenerate the town centre may include alleyway art walks with a heritage element, better seating and lighting for heritage building facades.