Richmond Community – Call for feedback & participants!
5 June 2020
We have good news! The Green Lab is now able to continue our work on two Community Placemaking projects in Richmond. We’re happy to continue working in your community – you’ve probably seen some of our work – we collaborated on the gathering space at Richmond Community Gardens and Riverbend Refuge. We feel pretty lucky to be back at work and are ready to learn from some of the lockdown experiences in your neighbourhood.
There are two small scale projects which we will continue to explore and develop. Although they will run as separate design processes, it’s possible that they will relate to each other in some way.
During February and March, we ran a series of consultation hui/meetings and a survey which had a good response from the community. From this we have determined that the community’s preference for the two projects are:
Wayfinding Parklets: small areas with signage, seating or other features – The number, scale and locations for these are yet to be determined. We are hoping to source local knowledge on places to site them as well as places of interest, through social media, email and conversations over the coming few weeks. We also hope to find a few more people for the steering committee through this process.
Entranceway to the River Trail: signage, parklet and gateway sculpture – Situated on OARC land at the Swanns Road and River Road gateway. With a defined site we are almost ready to begin the co-design process, although we need a few more people for the steering committee.
This is how you can get involved –
- Join our mailing list for this project! We will be sending out an invitation to submit places, photos and info about Richmond as inspiration for the Wayfinding Parklets. in the next few weeks. This will also be on the local facebook groups. If you see them please can you like, comment, tag people in or share so we get a good reach!
- Get in touch if you have ideas about the location of the Wayfinding Parklets.
- Join a Committee
We will be forming voluntary Community Steering Committees (CSC) for each project. Each CSC will have three design meetings with The Green Lab team where we will generate ideas for a design brief, determine the best design solution and plan for community engagement in the building phase. If you would like to be part of one or both committees, please get in touch. Having a group diverse in skills, experience and local knowledge is key, so don’t be shy if it’s a new thing for you. We will support these groups to make decisions at every step of the way.
If the design and planning isn’t your jam, but you’d like to help with the build of the projects, please get in touch.
Thanks to Christchurch City Council for their ongoing support of our mahi.