Urban beach set up at Viaduct site

16:00, Jan 28 2014
Waterfront Auckland
URBAN OASIS: An artificial beach has been installed at Waitemata Plaza in a bid by Waterfront Auckland to transform the space.

What do you think of the idea of a giant sandpit in the middle of the Viaduct?

The 235 square metre urban beach, complete with sun loungers and umbrellas, is part of a trial by Waterfront Auckland to revitalise the underused Waitemata Plaza.

A patch of synthetic turf decked out with tables and a 60 metre red carpet have been installed alongside it to test-run different options and gather public feedback.

The plaza overlooks the Viaduct Harbour on Customs St West and was originally designed as an event space when it opened in 2000 for the America's Cup. It has since been overlooked with the introduction of purpose-built event facilities.

The beach is open every sunny day for the next two months, from 9am to 6pm.

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