The new entranceway to Pollard Park was officially opened today by Marlborough Mayor John Leggett.
The $215,000 revamped, modernised entrance, will improve traffic and pedestrian safety through new paving and landscaping. A bus stop has also been added on Parker Street, outside the park entrance.
In opening the new entranceway Mayor Leggett said Pollard Park is one of the town’s great assets that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors.
“The park is more than 24 hectares in size and is an amazing amenity so close to the centre of town.
“In designing the concept for the new entranceway it was important to achieve a sense of openness. We didn’t want the park hidden away behind high walls, but rather a space that would help draw people in.
“There is a real opportunity to make Pollard Park a destination for visitors. The realignment of the entranceway and the fact that it is now easily visible from Nelson Street, (State Highway 6) will help achieve this,” Mayor Leggett said.
Fulton Hogan began work on the project in early June and completed the project on schedule, in time for Spring when the park becomes busier.
This year Pollard Park will also host the popular Sunday garden fête on the final day of the Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough Festival.
Work on the children’s play area upgrade is underway and this phase of the overall playground upgrade project is expected to be completed by the end of November 2018. The final phase of the playground upgrade will begin in late summer 2019.
Note: Attached are a few photos from this morning’s opening that can be published if you wish to do so.