Artist’s rendering of the new town centre and $780,000 promenade

Promenade prominent in plan

by Mike Isle

As part of the Rolleston town centre upgrade, a promenade is proposed that the district council hopes will encourage walking and cycling.

The promenade is proposed to run between the Tennyson Street entrance and the Wordsworth Street extension.

A detailed design of the promenade as well as for the rest of the town centre development is now available for the public to view.

Key features include flexible spaces for sitting, playing music, enjoying a coffee or reading. The promenade will have variable width to encourage a wide range of activities. There is a minimum width of four metres throughout, with an additional paved zone adjacent to the town square and Te Ara Atea Library and Community Centre.

A council spokesperson said pedestrians would enjoy a leisurely walk through landscaped gardens, comfortable seating areas, grassy ‘urban islands’, outdoor kids’ educational zones as well as a vegetable garden.

Rolleston Residents Association chairperson Leonie MacLachlan welcomes the proposal. She said the $780,000 promenade would make the town centre a destination.

“I am really happy with the work the council has done on the design. It is going to be a wonderful destination for Rolleston residents and visitors,” she said.

The public can still make submissions on the proposed plan using a form on the council’s website. Submissions close this Friday at 5pm. The council plans to have the new promenade open in early 2021.