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Rolleston town centre gets green space upgrade

Wednesday, April 26, 2023   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: recreation, sport, Community development

Selwyn District Council media release: 24th April 2023

A space to gather, play, relax and enjoy nature has been confirmed as the next stage of development in the Rolleston town centre.

The Council has confirmed construction to start on the development of the reserve green space with City Care set to complete the $1.5 million upgrade to the areas to the north and west of the town centre buildings.

An amphitheatre with capacity for 1000 to 1200 people will be built near the sensory space and youth space, to host public events, along with upgrades to the existing fields.

The amphitheatre will be an important piece in helping make the town centre a centre for the community, Councillor Phil Dean says.

“It will be great to have another gathering space where our community can come to mark big events and commemorations, as well as smaller community events. Gathering is an important part of building community and having another central space to do that will be really positive for Rolleston.”

The reserve will feature picnic areas, plantings and pathways to allow people to enjoy a quiet break away from the main town centre retail areas.

The existing children’s playground will be kept and there will also be a continuation of some of the features in the youth zone with small skate areas branching off some of the pathways with street skate features such as steps, rails and platforms, Council Major Projects Manager Phillip Millar says.

“It’s an exciting new part of the development, refreshing what was there previously and providing something different again for the town centre. It will be a space to relax, where people can enjoy some green areas, walk, picnic, and play games.”

Construction of the green space is due to begin mid-May and is planned to finish in early 2024.