The redevelopment of the Modellers pond will begin before Christmas
Concept designs for the park that will replace the Modelers’ Pond (by Canopy Landscape Architects).
The redevelopment of TÄhunanui Modellers Pond into a family park is expected to begin in time for Christmas.
Just over a year ago, Nelson City Council voted to fill the TÄhunanui Modelers’ Pond, freeing up $ 3.75 million to build a park in its place.
The design includes options for seating, picnic areas, trees planted for shade, natural play areas, boardwalks, a sheltered gazebo for bird watching and a proposed yard that will complement the miniature railway tracks that are preserved.
The Modellers Pond has proven to be a cornerstone for successive councils, struggling with sedimentation and algae issues for decades.
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The redevelopment works will be divided into two phases.
Before Christmas, NCC contractors will begin decommissioning work on the pond.
This phase of the work will consist of deconstructing the edge of the pond, removing the existing wooden elements and preparing the existing concrete for reuse during the construction of the park.
Salvaged backfill material and logs from fallen trees from recent bad weather slides are used to help fill the pond and create play elements in the park.
Work on the project will be halted during the vacation period, with fences being installed around the pond as a safety measure when work resumes.
The park’s tracks will be retained, with the Nelson Society of Modellers taking the opportunity to relocate the two stations together.
Spokesman Nigel Gibbs, while this has created a significant amount of work, “in the long run it should complement the new space.”
âWe plan to have the track running during the summer vacation before we have to raise part of the track to ground level to facilitate the redevelopment. Hopefully we can still use the elevated track during most of the work. “
Community and Recreation President Tim Skinner said he was excited to see model trains continue to be a feature of the park.
âIt’s always hard to watch things from our past undergo significant changes. But I think this plan will turn Modellers Pond into a amenity that all of Nelson will benefit from. “
New 3D designs of the park have shown that estuarine plantations and lowlands will sometimes be inundated by high tides. This is a feature of the new park, with the tides continually shaping the shape and changing the character of some play areas.
âThe designs give a real sense of the transformation that will take place and the many ways people will be able to have an enjoyable afternoon here,â Skinner said.