South Wairarapa District Council
Pierce Street, Grey Town
1 Apr
Angus McMillan Concrete

Project Details

Te Papa Ora o Mōroa stands as a cutting-edge integrated open space facility nestled at 2-4 Pierce Street, Greytown. Infused with a commitment to sustainable construction practices, the park minimizes its environmental impact. Council funding is injecting $1 million into the project, with the community required to rally to raise the remaining balance.

RICH Landscapes worked closely with Papawai Marae consultant Herewini Ammunson to integrate mana whenua patterns, elements and native plants throughout the park. This included several Waharoas and a Pou mauri at the main entries to the park, balustrades and cladding linking to the Kotahitanga pallisade fencing, the use of harakeke plants to add to and support mātaurangaā-iwi and mātauranga Māori, bilingual signage and wording that can be used as a learing experience for users, mural installed on the walls of the wharepaku and various patterns engraved or formed into the concrete slabs and walls.

In terms of the recreational features, the park hosts a skatepark and a wheeled play area, incorporating an array of features including elements tailored for those learning to ride. Skateable furniture and integrated skate elements also weave seamlessly throughout the park, creating an engaging environment. A pump track,a basketball half court, and a strategically designed carpark on Cotter Street,featuring street calming measures, enhance the overall appeal. The park fosters improved pedestrian entry and seamless connectivity between Greytown Park and the Woodside Trail Entry.

A central hub acts as the focal point, linking various environments and circulation paths. The park is equipped with public amenities such as toilet facilities, shelters, seating, bike racks, rubbish bins, accessible water fountains, and BBQs. Additionally, there are provisions for water and power connections, catering to potential temporary small service, café shops and events. Landscaped gardens and green spaces, that include fruiting specimens,shade trees, lighting, and CCTV cameras, contribute to the park's vibrant atmosphere.

The skatepark within the facility comprises a long street section connected to a raised flow bowl area. Three flow bowls of varying heights, with extensions, cater to skaters of different skill levels. The street skating space offers fundamental features like hubba ledges, stairs, handrails, street rails, manuals, skate kerbs, hips, and other unique elements. The hard-paved area, housing the basketball court, provides an open space ambiance,incorporating a long learner ledge for beginners to practice tricks. The split-level volcano and radiused skate curb add further diversity to this space,appealing to a wide range of users.

The playground introduces elevation to the site, acting as a gateway to the pump track. Various play areas, situated on different levels of the proposed mound, include trampolines, hammocks, a musical equipment spinner, towers, a concrete slide, scramble nets, and bank climbing elements. A dedicated toddler play area on the lower levels features a spinner, springer, balance logs, and swings. On the opposite side of the mound, a swing area with a setup of four swings and a large basket swing, named the 'Eagle Claw,' completes the recreational offerings. The pump track creatively intertwines with the playground, utilizing the mound to regulate user speed in specific sections,ensuring a dynamic and safe experience for all.

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“This park caters for all age and skill levels so its perfect to bring the kids for the day. “

Raven C -
Albany Skatepark Extension
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