The site for Ellerslie's town square was first identified as part of the overall urban design plan for Ellerslie developed in September 1999.
The plan was commissioned by the Ellerslie Business Association and responded to issues raised in the EBA's Strategic Plan, including creating a public gathering place. After extensive public consultation the Maungakiekie Community Board approved funding for further design stages.
Auckland City funded the $600,000 project from development levies, reinvesting money raised from new construction in the Ellerslie area. Construction by Arrow Civil Engineering took 5 months and included upgrading the adjacent car park. The project was completed in November 2001.
Structural enclosure is created by straight lengths of stone wall of differing heights. Variation of seating options is offered by metal seats, stone benches, timber decking and the stone walls.
A six jet fountain set at ground level animates the space and provides a central feature. When switched off the ground plane is continuous and comfortably large enough to accommodate a stage and audience of two or three hundred.
Lighting of features, fountain, seats, planting and a power supply for events were included. Canopy trees provide enclosure overhead.
On its opening, the square was the focus for performances throughout the highly successful 2001 Ellerslie Santa Parade and Street Party.
2004 NZILA Urban Design Bronze Award