By SHELLEY TOPP
Waimakariri people are being asked to contribute ideas for the new community space planned for Rangiora’s Good Street walkway.
“We really want the community to help us decide,” Waimakariri District Council business and centres adviser Vanessa Thompson says. “All ideas are on the table as long as they can be self-funded.”
Funding channels which may be available to assist in the development of ideas for the area include the Creative Communities Funding Scheme, Enterprise North Canterbury Contestable Events Funding and the Rata Foundation.
Some “general ideas” already put forward include a display area for outdoor photographic and art exhibitions, a small scented-garden, space for street performers, a small puppet theatre, and a place to screen films outdoors.
Other requests have included more seating areas, greenery, water features and upgrades to the paving.
The final design is likely to be formed from a mix of community feedback and what is practical and safe to implement.
“Council would welcome more regular use of the space by the community, but, of course, any proposed use would need to work around existing businesses operating in that area.
“We still have to go through a budget approval process with council to secure budget to upgrade the closed-in part of Good Street. All going well, we would hope to start physical works in the latter half of 2021.”
At this stage it is uncertain whether Covid-19 will have an impact on the budget-request timelines.