Paiherea, kahore e whati
The whakatauki that guides this project, “Paiherea, kahore e whati”, meaning: when the reeds of the toetoe are bundled together they will never be broken, separated they break easily (Te Awaitaia 1860).
Bow Street parklets planned
December 11, 2020
The Places for People, He Whenua He Tangata project team have been working on progressing a project to trial new public spaces in Raglan, to help create a more people-orientated and cycle friendly downtown area. Two public parklets are planned for Bow Street, the designs for the parklets are being finalised with instalment expected in Feb 2021.
Each parklet will have public seating and new bike stands attached, the concept behind these parklets is to give extra space for pedestrians and cyclists to use and enjoy the downtown area.
The seating areas will be there for people to enjoy in their lunch break, a place to have a rest when walking around town and a nice spot to sit and catch up with friends.
The graphic above is representative of what will be installed.
Parklets have been installed in towns and cities across the world with great success and we are excited to be getting our own specifically designed for Raglan. This is thanks to the funding that was awarded to the Places for People project from Waka Kotahi Nz Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Pilot Fund. Projects similar to People for Places are happening in towns & cities all over the country through this pilot fund.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets pilot fund supports quick & innovative improvements that can be trialled to create more people friendly spaces on the road reserve. By using this approach to test what works for communities we can create attractive, vibrant places that make space for people and help to support local businesses.
This is a wonderful opportunity as it allows us to temporarily trial new ideas, on the ground, get a feel for how they work and then decide if we want to keep them or change them. One of the limitations on this funding from Waka Kotahi NZTA is that it can only be used for projects on the ‘road space’ and not on existing green areas or public parks.
For more details go to www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/innovating-streets
The Bow Street parklets will be constructed from modular interlocking parts that can be moved and rearranged in different locations and layouts. The initial locations for the trial period will be next to the existing raised crossings on Bow Street, one in front of Ali’s Turkish Kebabs and Raglan Fresh Fish, the second parklet will be installed next to the raised crossing further down Bow St near Trade Aid.
During the trial period we will be seeking further feedback from the community, once we have had the opportunity to experience utilising this new public space. The project team is enthusiastic about the parklet design and the benefits this will have for our community.
Another part of the project is the Putoetoe Place area at the western end of town near Orca. Many members of our community provided valuable feedback for the area, much of which was in support of the project. The project team are currently holding constructive conversations with the directly affected businesses, ensuring they have the option to talk through their ideas and requirements. The project team would like to thank the businesses for making themselves available to discuss the project.
The decision has been made that anything that does happen in this area will not go ahead until after Waitangi weekend, once the busiest time of the summer peak has passed. This will enable the team to design something that works well for the community and allow businesses lots of opportunity to contribute.
Visit the Raglan Community Board website for more detail, to contact us and keep updated. www.raglancommunityboard.co.nz