Planning is underway to de-install the Kakahoroa ‘cul de sac’. The area which closed one entrance to the Kakahoroa carpark to create a space for public events was one of the temporary activations funded by the Waka Kotahi – NZ Transport Agency Innovating Streets initiative.

Whakatāne District Council Transportation Manager Martin Taylor says the project team had listened to the feedback received online through its Kōrero Mai portal and the significant social media traffic that the cul de sac idea had generated.

“The Innovating Streets concept is about temporary treatments in the roading environment so the area was always planned to be finite, but we’ve shortened the trial in response to the feedback received.

Two groups responded to our call for expressions of interest to use the space and we’ll work with them to find alternative venues for their activity.”

The planting boxes that framed the cul de sac will be repurposed.

“We need to align the removal with re-marking the road and contractor availability, but anticipate that can be achieved within a fortnight,” Mr Taylor concludes.