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Marine Parade redevelopment starts 2016

An artist's impression of the redevelopment of Marine Parade. The major construction phase of Napier’s iconic Marine Parade redevelopment will begin in the New Year.

While construction was due to begin before Christmas, it was decided it would be less disruptive to both tourists and locals over the Christmas-New Year period if the work didn’t begin in earnest until January.

“There has been a lot of construction work along Marine Parade and in Napier’s Central Business District this year, so we thought it would be good to give everyone a break before we get into this project,” said Marine Parade redevelopment committee chairman Keith Price.

“Starting the work early in 2016 won’t affect our goal of having everything open for business by December next year.”

The redevelopment will incorporate water features, sculptures, a world-class skating facility and an area for outdoor concerts incorporating the former Marineland grandstand. The former Marineland site is to become a skating area designed by world-renowned skate park designer Richard Smith, catering for all levels of roller skaters, skateboarders as well as other roller sports such as roller derby and artistic skating.

The committee had worked hard with Paris Magdalinos Architects to ensure the final design, which was inspired by Maori mythology and the local environment, was innovative and multi-purpose.

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.

New car parking to service both the new skate park and the existing playground area has been provided, and a significant car parking 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.

28 September 2015

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