Facelift for city centre
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.