Marine Parade Redevelopment Project
The next stage in the redevelopment of Napier’s iconic Marine Parade will feature a splash park, sculptures, a world-class skating facility and area for outdoor concerts incorporating the former Marineland grandstand.
“The plans for the development are fantastic and we’re excited about enhancing this wonderful area even further,” said Marine Parade redevelopment committee chairman Keith Price. “We’ve worked hard with the architects to ensure the design is both sympathetic to the environment but at the same time innovative and multi-purpose.”
The redevelopment of Napier’s Marine Parade represents a crucial opportunity to revive the city’s coastal amenities and create a public space that belongs to all of Napier and beyond, Councillor Price said.
New carparking to service both the new skate park and the existing playground area has been provided, and a significant carparking facility will be retained where the current leased parking is located, but it will be accessible as casual public parking as part of the redevelopment.
Pathways will lead to lookout points aligned with Mahia and Cape Kidnappers, and will feature carvings, and sculpted edges. There will also be a series of bubble-up water features leading to a feature pool with LED-lit computerised water jets.
The former Marineland site will be redeveloped into a skating area designed by world-renowned skate park designer Richard Smith to cater for all levels of roller skaters, skateboarders as well as other roller sports such as Roller Derby and Inline Hockey. A new skate bowl and wooden ramps will be constructed and the revitalised, existing grandstand will once again becomes a key attraction of Marine Parade.
To ensure the area is multi-purpose, a stage can be established on the main skate rink to allow for concerts, community events and other entertainment which can be viewed from the grandstand.
Nic Magdalinos, of Paris Magdalinos Architects, said the final design had taken inspiration from Maori mythology and the local environment.
“Framed by Mahia Peninsula and Cape Kidnappers, this is Napier’s place to talk to the Pacific, and to the wider global community,” he said. “Cape Kidnappers, or the hook of Maui is of prime importance, as it’s our locator in the world. Maui was the innovator, the maverick, the challenger of status quo - he was the initiator of a new world cycle, catching the sun and slowing it down, and he was this nation’s fisherman, responsible for pulling up the North Island.”
The renowned and much loved “Lick This” ice cream shop will be relocated to a new home in the former Marineland building, with an enhanced courtyard space for customers.
Construction is due to begin in November and is due to be fully completed by December 2016.
12 August 2015