Work begins on riverside park

03:22, Mar 07 2014
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Work being done to create a riverside park on the banks of the lower Maitai River.

A new park is in the making in Nelson city.

Paruroroa Park is part of a "Heart of Nelson" project that involves upgrading the Maitai Walkway between the Trafalgar St and QEII bridges.

Diggers are excavating river terraces, and constructing the park on the section of land between the last set of buildings on Paru Paru Rd and the footbridge.

Big Takaka marble and local argillite rocks are being placed in the park and the council says these will be enhanced with lime chip paving as well as hundreds of new plants.

The river terraces are being built using gabions - steel baskets filled with the rocks that came from the Maitai river in the post 2011 flood clean-up work. Riprap has been placed below the gabions to provide extra protection.

There will be steps between the terrace levels, seating and timber viewing decks with access to a floating pontoon.


The Maitai Promenade, a new pathway, widened to at least three metres will have new lighting and furniture.

A sculptural retaining wall is to wrap around the footpath to allow for am increase in headroom under the bridge.

A new footpath will link the river edge to the Wildman Avenue.

The concrete for the pathway is being poured in sections. The section between the Countdown car park and the footbridge to Akersten St is closed, including the Trafalgar Park footbridge.

The road is closed to traffic from the Trafalgar Park footbridge but there is still vehicle access up to that point and parking is available on the old tennis courts.