First of 'parklets' installed

Photos: Gerard O'Brien
Photos: Gerard O'Brien
Three "parklets" have been installed in Dunedin's CBD in disused bus stops.

The bus stops, two in George St and one in Princes St, were made redundant when the bus hub opened earlier this year. Two other parklets will be installed, but their location is yet to be confirmed.

The parklet installations are part of a series of "trials and activations" for the George St redevelopment under the Dunedin City Council's central city plan.

Council urban designer Luke McKinlay said the smokefree parklets - small seating or green spaces - would provide spaces for people to sit, relax, and enjoy the city.

They were made off site, using a range of materials including steel and wood, before being installed. They can be relocated if necessary.

Mr McKinlay said the structures were likely to remain in place until permanent streetscape works were undertaken as part of the planned George St upgrade. The parklet on Princes St might be in place longer, as it would not be affected by the George St works.

The cost of the five parklets was about $167,000 in total.



Good idea IF there were no cars. Free fumes with your coffee!

I was wondering what they were! Thanks ODT for explaining them for me.

I was in the city today, having traveled in on the bus and then, after shopping, was tired and dragging my heavy shopping trundler along and making my way to the DCC Service Centre outside the I-site where there are two wooden benches inside the building which is heated. As a car-less person, this is the only free place I can eat and drink something and sit in the warm in the Octagon end of town - and this is obviously provided for tourists (with power points handy for phone charging etc) NOT locals. I saw the parklets under construction and wondered how the people who had designed them would like to sit in them, right next to the noisy, smelly traffic and in the biting cold wind. What were they thinking! Plenty of people used to sit in the foyer of the DCC Service Centre and eat their packed lunch before it was refurbished and the space totally given over to the cafe. No wonder people stick to their cars.



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