The vision is for a green, scenic journey through the city from parks to coast and back again that reinforces the notion of New Plymouth as a city that embraces its natural environment. This green circuit connects some of New Plymouth’s key destinations, Māori and Pākehā settlement history, open spaces, vistas and botanical flair providing memorable ways to explore the city and its fringe.
The Pukekura and Pūkākā (Marsland Hill) Green Links traverses along Queen and Liardet streets, framing the traditional core of the city centre. It connects substantial open spaces with city streets, buildings and activities, providing a legible, but varied sequence of urban views and experiences from which to enjoy the city. The journey is designed from a primarily pedestrian perspective. Street trees and additional planting will assist with defining these Park to Coast links providing additional biodiversity, shade and amenity benefits that allow the city centre to leverage off its green assets.
Pukekura Park is one of New Plymouth’s major attractions for visitors and is beloved by locals. The enhancement of Liardet Street will promote and encourage people to walk and cycle from the park and into the city. It will be a backbone of pedestrian movement for people using the park for events, sports (including the proposed sports hub) and recreation. A well designated pedestrian link will help the city centre draw in Pukekura Park and Bowl of Brooklands visitors and users into the city to add vibrancy and activity in the city centre.
The Pūkākā green links between Pūkākā (Marsland Hill) and the coast. Its alignment follows historical fortification and traditional pathways. The pedestrian pathway between Pūkākā and the coast is not new, but a reinstatement of sorts. Making the link more easily traversed by pedestrians encourages use by locals and visitors alike to support footfall within the city centre. It is the physical link that enables the city centre to leverage off and promote its natural assets and areas of interest.
The strategy envisions the city centre being a key feature within a series of recreation and pathway loops. The popularity of the Te Henui and the Coastal Walkway have proven that simple pathways and recreational links are popular. Amplifying their use and interlinking various corridors and pathways will create loops that can intersect the city centre to encourage people to stop and linger.
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