Temporary public park

Claiming back some green space

Last updated 05:00 22/09/2012
Public Park Day
PARK LOVERS: Vivian+Espie landscape planner Paul Smith, left, Southern Landmarx landscaper Susan Anderson and Ziptrek Ecotours head of guest services Bonnie Greene along with Lilly the dog.

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Vivian+Espie landscape planner Paul Smith, left, Southern Landmarx landscaper Susan Anderson and Ziptrek Ecotours head of guest services Bonnie Greene along with Lilly the dog, were all happy to lounge in the sun on their temporarily reclaimed urban greenspace yesterday.

The group created a temporary public park in the heart of Queenstown as part of World PARK(ing) Day - a global event aimed at promoting the importance of urban open space within cities and towns by transforming parking spaces into temporary public parks.

Originating in San Francisco in 2005, last year more than 160 cities in 35 countries took part with artists, designers and citizens ''taking back'' a space from the cars for the day.

Queenstown landscaping company Southern Landmarx and landscape planning company Vivian+Espie this year joined forces to create "an oasis of urban space" on Rees St. It was one of only two official entries registered for New Zealand's participation in this year's PARK(ing) Day, with the other entry taking place in Auckland.

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