Fun in the sun at new plaza beach

Central Leader - - NEWS -

What do you think of the idea of a gi­ant sand­pit in the mid­dle of the Viaduct?

The 235 square me­tre ur­ban beach cost $25,000 and in­cludes sun loungers and sun um­brel­las.

It is part of an $80,000 project to re­vi­talise Waitem­ata Plaza.

A patch of syn­thetic turf decked out with ta­bles and a 60-me­tre red car­pet has been in­stalled along­side it to test-run dif­fer­ent op­tions and gather pub­lic feed­back.

The plaza over­looks the Viaduct Har­bour on Cus­toms St West and was orig­i­nally de­signed as an event space when it opened in 2000 for the Amer­ica’s Cup.

It has since been over­looked with the in­tro­duc­tion of pur­pose-built event fa­cil­i­ties.

The beach is open ev­ery sunny day for the next two months, from 9am to 6pm.

Ur­ban oa­sis: An ar­ti­fi­cial beach has been in­stalled at Waitem­ata Plaza in a bid by Water­front Auck­land to trans­form the space.

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