The difficult birth of a green space

The carpark now vs the carpark of the future

It is probably one of the most controversial addresses at the Mount.

But now, after a long and at times acrimonious process, the transformation of the Mount Maunganui Phoenix carpark at 123-141 Maunganui Road, from blacktop into a largely “urban green space” fringed with eateries, is happening.

Work started this week and, according to Tauranga City Council, by December the site will feature grass areas in which to play and relax, native trees for shade and a flexible space for year-round events and activities.

“The park is designed for people to enjoy,” says deputy mayor Kelvin Clout. “It will create a greater sense of belonging for our community by encouraging social interaction through a shared space to rest and play.”

Councilor Leanne Brown hopes the new space will encourage visitors and locals to stay longer in the CBD. “Local businesses will also enjoy economic benefits through increased foot traffic and a relaxed customer experience,” says Leanne.

The plan to create the trendy new green space was divisive from the outset – some retailers were concerned it would impact their businesses and profitability and it caused ill-feeling, anger and fear.

But ideas were batted back and forth, resulting in trade-offs and compromises, and now the plan is underway.

First, a number of Phoenix palms at the northern-end of the park will be removed. That end of the carpark will be blocked off after Easter weekend. The rest of the car park will remain available as long as possible.

Council are in collaboration with Mauao Properties, which is redeveloping an adjacent site. The existing building will be demolished, and from the rubble will grow a new building featuring retailers and outdoor dining facilities spilling onto the new open green space.

Both projects are scheduled to be completed and open in December 2018.

The number of parking spaces at the car park area will fluctuate during construction. Parking spaces that remain become free of charge, with time limits.

The final park design will retain up to 20 car parks. The parking area next to May Street will remain open and will be expanded to include 12 extra parking spaces.

New permanent parking spaces are also being added in Nikau Crescent and Prince Avenue, retaining the balance of parking spaces in the downtown Mount area.

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agree with nick220

Posted on 04-04-2018 16:03 | By Captain Sensible

I agree with Nick220, and am suspicious that tgacentral is in fact a councilor

Untrue picture

Posted on 04-04-2018 15:06 | By maildrop

There is no giant bicycle store for all the cyclists or a bus lane out front. There needs to be or the reprogramming will have been for nothing. Do not compute. Exterminate.

@ Nick220

Posted on 04-04-2018 13:50 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Yes correct, so TCC went and did what they wanted anyway. If the majority who speak up had supported it would have resulted in the same answer... so you may well then think about what si the point of botehring to get public responses/input?


Posted on 04-04-2018 13:09 | By mikeperro1

Less parking = less people spending $$$$$.The best beach is metres away, why do you want to hang out in a fake park? Oh, great if youre homelessworst idea I HAVE EVER SEEN...

There is already plenty of green space

Posted on 04-04-2018 12:49 | By The Sage

Agree with Nick, there are plenty of green locations, Coronation Park, Mount Drury, Pilot Bay and the main Mount Beach and adjoins are all within walking distance. All TCC needs to do now is allow Trustpower to build a Mount office, offshoot of the one in Durham Street. That should finish it off nicely. Last one out turn out the lights.

bet the homeless are happy

Posted on 04-04-2018 12:28 | By Mein Fuhrer

somewhere new to sleep, beg and defecate.

most were against this

Posted on 04-04-2018 10:14 | By Nick220

why would people hang out here when the beach is just there! such a waste of money. and as i understand the retailers were 90% against this. just shows the council dont care about the people they represent, they only care about vanity projects

Looking forward to it!

Posted on 04-04-2018 08:56 | By tgacentral

This will be a great addition to the Mount main street. There was extensive consultation and all of the car parks that will be lost will be replaced in the adjoining car park or streets next to it. Great result.

Car Park

Posted on 04-04-2018 08:40 | By waiknot

What about the old bows club on May St?


Posted on 04-04-2018 07:38 | By The Sage

Where are people going to park now? This car park is full most of the time. If I was a Retailer I would be fuming. Another example of TCC showing no understanding of business . Tauranga CBD has been hammered, now the Mount is for the shop. Well done TCC, city planning at its best. Add that to the bottle recycling debacle and the evacuated homes at the Lakes. How do people feel TCC is performing right now? Not at all well in my view, some people need to go.

did the Mount people want this?

Posted on 04-04-2018 07:02 | By Mein Fuhrer

or did the TCC just go ahead anyway as they always do?