Victoria Square will be closed for the next year, while it’s being upgraded. A public outcry persuaded the powers-that-be to revise their earlier plans, but the work will still take a long time. The whole area is now fenced, with blue mesh that precludes taking photos. I used to walk through the Square weekly, but that’s not now possible.
Signs suggest people take an alternate path on the other side of the river, which I did. From here you can see the work in progress, overlooked by Captain Cook.
Visitors are instructed to head to The Commons if they want food and drink, and at midday on Thursday there were just two food trucks operating, and the only customers seemed to be those working on the Town Hall rebuild.
With Cathedral Square still in such a sad state it’s a pity Victoria Square will be out of bounds until 2018. If you’re looking for a pleasant green space in the central city right now, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground is the place to go.
“I miss our green Victoria Square
and pleasant weekly walks through there.”