Overnight, the raised road crossing outside the Central Library went rainbow.
As part of Palmerston North activities for New Zealand Placemaking Week (12 to 19 October) a group from Manawatū Lesbian and Gay Rights Association, New Zealand’s longest established advocacy organisation for the ‘Glitfab’ community, organised and painted the colourful crossing with help from Creative Communities.
Council planner Keegan Aplin-Thane says the rainbow crossing was one of several community-led projects coinciding with Placemaking Week.
“This is what the city thrives on – locals rolling up their sleeves and doing projects that add meaning to their public spaces,” Mr Aplin-Thane says.
The Latin American Fiesta, Hokowhitu Farmers Market, an outdoor movie in Taonui Street, the Unbox Pop-up Place that appears daily in The Square, mural painting at Just Zilch, Highbury and Hokowhitu Village, and the Swampfest Doof Battle in The Square on Wednesday 17, are all examples of city people creating unique city spaces.
This week, Wednesday 17 October, two visiting overseas Placemaking proponents Ethan Kent from New York and Neil McInroy from Scotland will conduct a free public Placemaking Masterclass at 12.30pm in Central Library’s Events Central, with an evening talk in the UCOL Atrium from 5.30 to 7.30pm.
The sessions are open to anyone interested in what sort of public spaces attract people and bring communities together.