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Question 2 (a) Outcome 1 Open Space Networks

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Question 2. Do you support the key outcomes and initiatives identified in the Draft Adelaide Road Framework?


Outcome 1: Providing for greening of the area, quality public spaces, and strengthening connections between open spaces.



Mt Cook Mobilised initial response to Outcome 1.


Strongly agree agree no opinion disagree  disagree strongly



  • We strongly support the suggestion of an access route from Adelaide Rd up to the town belt between Government House and the hospital.
  • Council needs to allow for wheeled access (for bikes, buggies) in steep access ways e.g. Drummond St, for example by using combination ramps and steps (a ramp in the middle of the steps) or a zigzag path beside the steps.
  • We are concerned about the proposals for housing by the green area in Hospital Rd and the proposed Vietnamese park.  We need to retain what green areas there are, or allocate similar spaces that are better located for accessible social use. Housing developments adjacent to such spaces should not be allowed to adversely affect the public spaces.
  • There needs to be some way of designing and managing green spaces particularly the small pocket parks (e.g. the enlarged ‘cul de sac” space in Howard St) so they don’t become rubbish dumps and overnight drinking spaces.  Mt Cook Mobilised is concerned that the liquor ban in the CBD may drive these activities out into the peripheral suburbs. 
  • There needs to be greater provision for play spaces for children, located where people are likely to congregate eg for shopping, and be able to stop, sit and talk.  The suggested pocket park near the Blood Centre is a good example of such a space; others should be included at other points along Adelaide Rd frontages.



Regarding the proposed walkway through Massey and Wellington High School – does this imply that other informal routes used by locals between Wallace and Tasman Sts through these educational institutions will be closed off?


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Relevant background information from WCC


From the WCC Draft Adelaide Road Framework (3.32Mb PDF), p14


Adelaide Road is located between two sections of the city’s Town Belt, and adjoining the area’s northern boundary is the Basin Reserve. There are several large green areas in reasonably close proximity – eg Prince of Wales Park, Macalister Park, Newtown Park and Alexander Park. However, Adelaide Road tends to have poor connection between green spaces and a lack of locally used and accessible open spaces for residents, children and people working in the area. Tied to this is the desire to turn Adelaide Road into a more attractive and pedestrian and cycle-friendly environment. This requires an emphasis on attractive public space, visual quality, connections, and suitable stormwater management.


Key concepts

  • establishing an attractive and connected public realm to maximise the ability for people to enjoy the Adelaide Road area by:
    • creating a good quality landscaped street network
    • creating pedestrian friendly areas at Drummond Street and Douglas Street intersections with Adelaide Road (incorporating suitable stormwater management) - see Figures 7, 8
  • creating new opportunities for people to play, socialise and rest in neighbourhood reserves, smaller ‘pocket parks’ and areas of street-based open space
  • strengthening east-west connections between the surrounding Town Belt areas and existing parks and green spaces in the Adelaide Road area
  • providing a range of good-quality active and passive public spaces for people to use.


Possible spaces that could be considered as part of a public open-space assessment (see Action A14) include:

  • eastern and southern edges of the Basin Reserve
  • small green space between the Howard Street cul-de-sac heads
  • pocket park between King Street and Myrtle Crescent
  • Drummond Street steps and surrounding pubic spaces
  • Hospital Road neighbourhood park (proposed Vietnamese garden)
  • pocket park on Adelaide Road, connecting to the Blood Centre
  • green area fronting the public housing on the corner of John Street/Hutchison Road/Hanson Street.





Comments (1)

Anonymous said

at 10:38 pm on Oct 3, 2008

The greening of areas needs to be balanced with the need for safety in parks and walk-through areas. For example the steps between upper and lower Douglas Street have large trees that regularly need maintaining to ensure that the walkway steps are lit and remain a good safe accessway. Any new additional green areas need to ensure good lighting and sightlines - particularly at night.

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