Monday, 19 August 2013

Kingsland to get a parklet

Kingsland is getting a minor face lift in the form of a trendy San Francisco style 'parklet'. The location of the parklet will be the  pavement area outside the Trinity Church Hall, on the corner of Sandringham Road and New North Road.

Ref: 1-W624, New North Road, Kingsland, 1926, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Functionally the parklet will include an entrance to the village to mark the transition of land use. It will also offer respite from the hustle and bustle of inner city living in the form of seating and plantings. A new Urban Design Competition has just been launched to create this design this "people place".
Ref: 4-4681, looking across Kingsland, 1923,. Sir George Grey Special Collections
The competition is open to students currently enrolled in a design or arts course or a recent graduate. In addition to a cash prize, the winner will have the opportunity for the plan to be further developed, subject to funding and feasibility. Entries will be on display Kingsland’s Trinity Church Hall during the annual Auckland Heritage Festival this year. More information can be found on the Kingsland website.

Ref: NZ Map 4497-3 plan of Kingsland, 1885, Sir George Grey Special Collections
 Auckland Libraries holds a range of heritage resources relating to Kingsland. Including:
  • a wonderful selection of photographs which you can browse through online through Heritage Images (just enter the keyword Kingsland into the search box),
  • a 2004 character study 
  • books about the Trinity Methodist Church.and 'The Gully boys: the brother Glen and their mates' (2010), a book about growing up in Kingsland during the 1930s by Len Gale
  • manuscripts relating to the area including papers by Len Gale and the Gully boys. These are searchable online through Manuscripts Online (just enter the keyword Kingsland into the search box).

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