The major projects designed to develop Whangarei’s unique sense of place in the coming few years include:
Central Business District
We are planning further development of the Central Business District to improve the connection between Cameron Street Mall, the Laneway on James Street and the Town Basin.
We have a Blue Green Strategy which is designed to make the most of the waterways running through our urban areas, and develop them with riparian planting, walking and cycleways, and features creating ecological corridors, to bringing nature back into urban spaces.
Hatea Activity loop
The Hatea Loop has been a hit since day one. Part of its success has been the way elements continue to develop every year, from exercise equipment, to murals, to new parks, pop up cafes, story boards, seating, shade and rest areas, and art and events. Facilities that already existed, such as the Dog Park, BMX track and Skatepark, have been added to with sportsfields and public toilets. We will continue to work on community-led developments on and around the loop.
Whangarei already has a large collection of public art, from the Sails at the southern entrance to the city, to the Art Park at the Town Basin, to the sculptures at the Marae in Otangarei, and in parks across the District. We plan to continue acquiring these pieces and displaying them for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Since the Heritage Trail was installed along the riverside beside the Art Park, opportunities have been taken to tell the important stories about the places that are special to Whangarei. Mander Park, Pahihaka Lookout and Otuihau all feature themed story boards and more are planned.
Carpark to park
Council allocated over $3million to developing the current carpark on vacant land between the Dent Quay Street Intersection and the Town Basin into a landmark park in coming years. We have consulted with you and gathered ideas for this conversion, and plans are being developed for this project.