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Transformation of Porirua City Centre Begins

Transformation of Porirua City Centre Begins

A green carpet of astro-turf is to 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 that will see 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 carpark.

“I’m thrilled to see this transformation beginning. It’s all about making our city centre more appealing and vibrant, and encouraging people to stay and relax,” says Porirua Deputy Mayor ‘Ana Coffey.

“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 Council will be working to make it easy for them to get approval.”

Cr Coffey is a member of the community volunteer makeover team that was formed

following the “Reclaim the Canopies” placemaking workshop lead by international urbanist David Engwicht in May this year.

In the first stage of work, the 300sqm of turf will be laid over several days from Monday, September 29 and during that time the area will be fenced.

On October 4, the community makeover team will move in to install three large wooden seats with two sides that 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 astro turf (near the alleyway to Ferry Place).

It can be used for a variety of events or simply serve as another seating area when not in use.

Colourful bean bags, chairs and tables will be placed around the astro-turf each day for shoppers to use. Planter boxes will help add another splash of colour, as will an art installation that will involve winding colourful ribbons around the canopy cross-beams.

Come and be part of the makeover action on October 4 from 10am and enjoy a free sausage sizzle from 12pm. For more information and to be involved contact Council Makeover Co-ordinator Harriet Shelton on 237-1379 or email hshelton@pcc.govt.nz.


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