Palmerston North City Council has revealed two stretches of path that have been created to provide a zero-energy source of lighting along the river.
The main one is dubbed the ‘star path’ and is a 100-metre long stretch of the footpath leading up to the new He Ara Kotahi bridge and pathway. The path is on the Dittmer Drive entry to He Ara Kotahi. This path has been designed so it doesn’t create light pollution, which means people nearby still get an unaffected view of the night sky.
The other is a pattern, designed by Rangitāne, being constructed on the section of riverbank between Albert Street and Fitzherbert Bridge. Once complete it will stretch 500 metres long and cover a total area of 2.2 hectares.
Palmerston North City Council Chief Infrastructure Officer, Tom Williams, says these innovative solutions to lighting are sure to impress.
“We’re excited to show our residents and visitors that lighting doesn’t have to be an afterthought. These paths show lighting can be innovative, environmentally friendly and tell stories of the history of our region. I also have a strong suspicion these will become an iconic shot of Palmy as everyone realises they make the perfect backdrop for a new profile picture.”
The Council also revealed what the lighting on He Ara Kotahi Bridge will look like before it opens mid-year. An architectural element of the bridge nicknamed the fins is fully lit, providing lighting along the bridge and underneath – creating an illusion of floating above the river. The handrails will also be illuminated.
A small sample of lighting for the Fitzherbert Bridge has also been revealed. Just under $500,000 has been set aside to light the bridge. It will provide a welcoming entry to the city and be programmable for events. The lighting will also include safety features for pedestrians travelling between the two bridges.