It’s popular – use of Jack Ilott Green analysed day by day

News from Save Jack Ilott Green campaign
An analysis of the usage of Jack Ilott Green – both the grassy area and the petanque area are used daily, except when it is raining. It is a clearly a green space used for relaxation and pastimes by individuals, groups of friends, families and tourists, workers in the area and residents.

Activities Observed 14 December – 23 January:
 Gym Sessions
 Young men playing volleyball and football
 Tai Chi
 Children running around enjoying the open space
 Petanque
 Picnicking
 Sunbathing
 A place to eat lunch
 A place to relax and read
 A place to take photos of the waterfront and environs
 A green space to walk through instead of the busy Quay
 A place to relax and enjoy the sunshine

Monday 14 December 2015:
 Lady with baby in buggy sitting in the sun in Jack Ilott Green
 A group of people doing a gym session
 A group of young men playing soccer
 A number of people walking through the Green, looking at the Rugby Statue and sitting on the grass in the sun
 People sitting on benches in petanque area eating their lunch over the 12 – 2 p.m. lunchtime
 Young men playing volleyball
 Young people sitting in the grassy area enjoying the sun
 Various people during the afternoon enjoying the sun
 Late afternoon people in the Green sitting and chatting
 Man walking up and down the Green

Tuesday 15 December:
 People sitting on benches in grassy area
 A group of people doing a gym session
 A group of people sitting, taking photos of Rugby statue and surrounding area, particularly across to the Harbour
 People sitting on benches in the sun
 Lots of people walking through the green
 Young men playing volleyball – Photograph available

Wednesday 16 December:
 Not much activity as damp and overcast but when it cleared up in the afternoon there were people on separate occasions sitting on the benches in the Green.

Thursday 17 December:
 People sitting on benches
 People eating their lunches on the benches in the Green
 Young men playing volleyball
 People eating their lunch sitting on the benches in the petanque area
 A lot of people walk through Jack Illot Green – obviously nicer than walking along Jervois Quay

Friday 18 December:
 Raining during the day though people sitting on benches later in the day when the rain stopped.

Saturday 19 December:
 People sitting on benches during the day

Sunday 20 December:
 People sitting on benches during various times of the day

Monday 21 December:
 People sitting on benches in the sun during the morning
 8 people doing a gym session at lunchtime
 6 people playing petanque
 A number of people sitting on both the benches and on the grass eating their lunch
 A number of people walked through the Green as always
 Many people sitting in the park and on the benches during the afternoon

Tuesday 22 December:
 People sitting on benches
 Young men playing volleyball at lunchtime
 People sitting on benches in both the Green area and petanque area eating their lunch
 People sitting on benches in the Green area as well as the petanque area before it started to rain

Wednesday 23 December:
 People sitting on benches
 Young men playing soccer
 In the afternoon various people sitting on benches
 Little children running around the grassy area while their caregivers sat on the benches

Thursday 24 December:
 No observations taken

Friday 25 December:
 In the afternoon people were playing petanque

Saturday 26 December:
 Young men throwing football around on the Green
 People sitting on benches in the sun
 Various people coming in to photograph the Rugby Statue and stayed to relax in the sun

Sunday 27 December:
 People sitting on benches in the morning in both the petanque area and the grassy area
 Various people relaxing in the sun in the afternoon in the grassy area, on the benches and on the grass
 In the late afternoon people on the grass taking photos, sitting on the benches enjoying the sunshine

Monday 28 December:
 No observations taken

Tuesday 29 December:
 People sitting in the petanque area
 People sunbathing – photograph available
 Children playing while their caregivers sat on benches

Wednesday 30 December:
 People sitting on benches in the petanque area in the sunshine
 People sitting on benches in the grassy area
 People sunbathing on grass

Thursday 31 December:
 Lady biked in and sat down on the bench in the petanque area to eat her lunch
 Men sitting in the grassy area
 Many people walked through the park
 A number of people during the afternoon sitting on benches in the sunshine
 Many people sitting in Jack Illot Green for the New Year’s Eve Celebrations on benches, picnicking on rugs and enjoying the ambience, good weather and music

Friday 1st January 2016:
 Throughout the day people were sunbathing, sleeping and resting on the green
Saturday 2 January:
 Wet day in the morning but later in the afternoon people sitting on benches in the petanque area

Sunday 3 January:
 Rained all day

Monday 4 January:
 Many people walking through the Green stopping to photograph the Rugby Statue and surrounding area
 People sitting by the statue in the sun
 Person sitting in the sun by the statue for some time enjoying the warmth and reading
 In the late afternoon a number of people were sitting in the sun on the benches in the grassy area and petanque area as Civic Square was in shadow
 Young men and children playing on the grass in the sun
 Parents with children enjoying the sun in the grassy area

Tuesday 5 January:
 People eating their lunch on the benches in the petanque area
 People sunbathing in the grassy area
 People sitting on benches in both the grassy area and the petanque area in the sunshine.
 Many people walking through the green taking photos

Wednesday 6 January:
 People sitting on benches in the sun in both the petanque area and the grassy area
 People walking through the area for photographs
 Children playing on the grass while parents sitting on the benches
 People eating their lunch sitting on the benches in the sun
 People sitting in the sun on the benches in the afternoon
 7.18 p.m – a couple doing tai chi in the sunshine

Thursday 7 January:
 People sitting on benches in the petanque area
 People sitting on benches having lunch in both the petanque area and grassy area
 Many people in Jack Illot Green during the lunchtime, eating, sitting, talking, enjoying the sunshine
 Group of people sitting on the grassy area with their two dogs who were rolling around enjoying themselves
 Early evening – people sitting on benches in the grassy area

Friday 8 January:
 Wet windy day so nobody sitting outside anywhere in Wellington – however later in the afternoon when the rain stopped a number of people visited the green to look at the Rugby statue

Saturday 9 January:
 People sitting on the benches in both parts of Jack Illot Green
 Lots of people sitting on the grass and on the benches in the sunshine during the day
 Mothers and babies sitting on the grassy area

Sunday 10 January:
 People in and out of the Green all during the day
 People sitting on benches in the sun in both areas of Jack Illot Green
 7pm: Children playing with a football on the grassy area

Monday 11 January:
 People in the grassy area sitting on benches
 A group of people going a gym training session at lunchtime
 People sitting eating their lunch in both the petanque area and grassy area
 Group doing a gym session on the grassy area – photograph available
 In the afternoon two groups of 4 people picnicking in the grassy area
 Two families with their children picnicking and playing in the grassy area
 People playing petanque

Tuesday 12 January:
 People in grassy area sitting eating their lunch
 People on benches in both the grassy area and the petanque area
 Groups of people picnicking in the grassy area

Wednesday 12 January to Saturday 16 January:
 No observations taken

Sunday 17 January:
 People sitting in Jack Illot Green both on the grass and on the benches
 Young men playing ball – photograph available
 Many people during the day picnicking and sunbathing in the grassy area

Monday 18 January:
 People sitting on Jack Illot Green on benches and on the grass – photograph
 Children playing ball
 People sitting on benches in petanque area
 People sitting down by the statue in the sunshine

Tuesday 19 January:
 People sitting on the benches in the grassy area and in the petanque area
 People sunbathing in the grassy area
 People sitting on benches in both the grassy area and the petanque area eating their lunch and/or reading

Wednesday 20 January:
 People enjoying the sun and taking photos of each other in Jack Illot Green
 25 people at mid-day doing a gym training class
 People sitting on benches in the sun in both the grassy area and the petanque area

Thursday 21 January:
 Many people in Jack Illot Green today, picnicking, sunbathing, sitting on the benches, eating their lunch, reading, enjoying the sun
 Families with babies in strollers and children playing on the grass
 People sitting in the petanque area on the benches reading the enjoying the sun

Friday 22 January:
 People sitting on benches eating their lunch in the grassy area
 A number of people taking photos of the area
 People sitting on benches in the afternoon in both the grassy area and petanque area enjoying the sun

Saturday 23 January:
 People sitting on benches in the grassy area enjoying the sun during the day
 In the late afternoon a group of people were taking photos then sat on the benches in the sunshine
 A person sitting down on the grass by the statue

 

2 comments:

  1. Polly, 1. February 2016, 16:20

    I came past Jack Ilott Green at4 pm and several men were sitting and looking out to the rowing clubs and the lagoon, and another group was in the shade in the petanque area. And across the road in Frank Kitts Park, there were sleepers on the amphitheatre seats and children playing and tourists strolling…..

     
  2. Wendy, 1. February 2016, 18:21

    Jack Ilott Green is used on a daily basis and, just because it isn’t covered in wall to wall people, it doesn’t mean it is unimportant. People need quiet relaxing spaces to just sit and talk, read or just relax and this little haven provides that. The council dismiss it as run down, but this is an indictment on them. The council have allowed the green to deteriorate instead of developing it into a lovely place where people can relax and enjoy just being there. In a 2004 parliamentary debate, Keith Locke of the Green Party thought that ” Jack Ilott Green does have significant potential” and though he often saw people there it “has not been developed fully as a park. It has a very run down look, as if it were in a holding pattern, and in its present state people would not be encouraged to use it as a park”. One wonders if the deterioration of Jack Ilott Green has been a deliberate council ploy to justify selling it. Run down or not it has people using it every day and it should not be lost to a developer.

     

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