Facelift for city cen­tre

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A green car­pet of as­tro­turf will be rolled out un­der the canopies in the first stage of a city cen­tre makeover.

It will set the scene for a makeover day on Oc­to­ber 4, when com­mu­nity vol­un­teers cre­ate a new area where shop­pers and work­ers can gather and re­lax.

The work will in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of three funky seats, colour­ful ta­bles, chairs and bean­bags, and a por­ta­ble stage in the space be­tween the I-site and the car park.

‘‘I’m thrilled to see this trans­for­ma­tion be­gin­ning,’’ Porirua deputy mayor ’Ana Cof­fey said.

‘‘It’s all about mak­ing our city cen­tre more ap­peal­ing and vi­brant, and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to stay and re­lax. This is the be­gin­ning of a grad­ual change that we be­lieve will al­ter the way peo­ple use this area.

‘‘We are en­cour­ag­ing busi­nesses to be in­volved by putting out chairs and ta­bles where ap­pro­pri­ate, and the coun­cil will be work­ing to make it easy for them to get ap­proval.’’

Cof­fey is a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity vol­un­teer makeover team, which was formed after the Re­claim the Canopies place­mak­ing work­shop in May, led by in­ter­na­tional ur­ban­ist David Eng­wicht.

In the first stage of work, the 300 square me­tres of turf will be laid over sev­eral days from Septem­ber 29. Dur­ing that time, the area will be fenced.

On Oc­to­ber 4, the com­mu­nity makeover team will in­stall three large wooden seats with two sides, which will al­low peo­ple to lounge on one side or sit up­right on the other.

A por­ta­ble stage will be set up on the edge of the as­tro­turf (near the al­ley­way to Ferry Place). It can be used for events or sim­ply serve as another seat­ing area.

Bean bags, chairs and ta­bles will be placed around the as­tro­turf each day for shop­pers to use.

Planter boxes will add another splash of colour, as will an art in­stal­la­tion that will in­volve wind­ing rib­bons around the canopy cross­beams.

Vis­i­tors to the area on Oc­to­ber 4 can en­joy a free sausage siz­zle from noon.

Ex­cited: ’Ana Cof­fey is look­ing for­ward to the city cen­tre trans­for­ma­tion.

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