My feedback on the town square

I’ve written and sent my feedback on the Featherston Town Square plans. It’s a bit rough and not my best work, but we’ve had a rough couple of days.

Overall this design for the Featherston Town Square looked initially impressive.

I love the Cherry Tree theme moving from the park into the Town Square. It links the area together into a more cohesive space. Liking the pergolas, these will also bring the areas together.

As a mother of two boys who love to Stake Park, I appreciate the picnic tables placed there. Could we please have a sun shade sail?

Please fence the Playground. From talking to other parents in town and parents who stop and play in the playground we would all appreciate having the playground fenced. I really like the fence around the playground in Pahiatua. It would encourage people to stop for longer. A secure playground would allow one parent to watch the children while the other goes shopping.

Can the rotunda be larger so bands can perform there? More of a sound stage with electricity? It would increase its usefulness and purposes. And be a better shelter in poor weather.

I really like the Wind Grass Sculpture. Please leave it where it is.

In the middle of the Railway Oval (Clifford Square) Can we please have a child’s cycle playground like in Napier? This would be such a draw card for travellers and locals alike, or perhaps around the stake park or in part of the playground? We took our boys up to the one in Napier and they loved it. It gave them such confidence with their cycling.

Both my husband and I hate the tunnel under SH2. It would be a great place for thugs to hang out and the tunnel would fill with graffiti before we know it. It would also be the perfect place for muggings and rapes.

We also passionately dislike the idea of container shops; it feels too much like a town in crisis. I’d rather have small attractive shops for locals to sell their own crafts any day of the week and during market days.

I hope that all the feedback is provided to the designer so it can be worked through again to keep the over all feel.

There I hope that is sufficient and gone to the right place as there was no email address I could find to send my feedback (I cannot print anything right now.) and I’d hate for this to drop in the ether.

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