Palms on the Esplanade to be replaced
On Wednesday 5 phoenix palms will be removed along the Esplanade in preparation for the inner harbour redevelopment, and in October replacement native trees will be planted.
The palms are between Wainui and Crawford roads. Consultation on the removal of these palms has been carried out with businesses and residents.
The removal is also to prevent possible harm to public and contractors, while also allowing for smoother installation of new wastewater pipes.
The phoenix palms are problematic due to falling fronds which can be hazardous, potentially causing puncture wounds and infection if they land on people. There’s also a large bird population living in the trees which cause health issues from excrement.
During stage 2 of the inner harbour redevelopment project, scheduled for October 2018, the palm trees will be replaced with native trees and rain gardens.
One lane will be closed on the Esplanade while the trees are removed and there will be limited pedestrian access at times.
We thank you for your cooperation and patience while we undergo these improvements.
For more information on the inner harbour redevelopment project
Artist impression of The Esplanade