Ponsonby Park, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, will soon take the next step towards its realisation of becoming an inclusive, multi-use, and all-weather civic space, when design and planning work commences on 1 July 2022.
This will involve the generation of detailed plans for the International award-winning Park+ concept design by LandLAB. Stage One of the development will then physically begin, with spades in the ground, on 1 July 2023. Brilliant!
It has been 22 years since the need for the civic space was first identified in 2000, and 16 years since the site at 254 Ponsonby Road (currently Liquor King) was purchased to remedy this open space shortfall. It was 9 years ago in 2013 that a petition with over 1200 signatures (calling for the retention of the whole site for the civic space) was presented to the Waitematā Local Board. The result of which was the establishment of the volunteer Community-Led Design group that has been working hard to achieve this community amenity since then.
So we are delighted that the transformation of the neglected and shabby site at 254 Ponsonby Road into an energised and beautiful civic space for everyone to enjoy will soon be underway. This will benefit not only the local residents and the local businesses but both our national and international visitors too. Ponsonby Park will be a wonderful attractor to the area and will provide both the amenity that Ponsonby needs and the community heart it deserves.
To this end, we will once again be seeking your input. In our next update, we’ll start the process and provide ways for you to give us your insights and ideas for Ponsonby Park as the design stage progresses.
2022 is the year that Ponsonby Park (finally) commences and we now all look forward to the development of this much-needed and long-awaited community space being underway. Thank you again, for all of your ongoing and sustained support for Ponsonby Park. Bring it on!