Kingsland to get San Francisco style “parklet”

Kingsland to get San Francisco style “parklet”

Auckland’s trendy suburb Kingsland is about to get trendier with a new San Francisco style “parklet” to be created in the neighbourhood as part of a design competition.

The competition aims to create “an oasis of calm” with the parklet, a feature that will offer a respite from busy urban roads and that will serve to differentiate one area from another.

Christine Foley, Kingsland Business Society manager, is one of the organisers of the competition and says the saw the popularity of parklets during a recent trip to San Francisco. "It was great to see how much locals used even the smallest of spaces" she said.  "I am very enthusiastic about what this could do for our urban areas,” she says.

The urban design competition has just launched and is looking for a plan to redevelop the entrance to Kingsland village at the corner of Sandringham Road and New North Road. It focuses on the pavement area outside the Trinity Church Hall.

The brief is to design a gateway demarcation and "people place" where the transition of land use occurs going into the village.

According to Foley, entries are expected to feature distinctive plantings and there is the possibility of parking curb extensions.

Entrants in the competition must be currently enrolled in a design or arts course at Unitec, or the School of Architecture & Planning at the University of Auckland or be a graduate landscape architect with less than three years since graduating.

The winning design will receive a cash prize of $600 and the opportunity for the plan to be further developed, subject to funding and feasibility.

Submissions close on 16 September and competition entries will exhibited in Kingsland’s Trinity Church Hall during the Auckland Heritage Festival from late September to early October.

For more information and a full design brief visit www.kingslandnz.com.