Create the Vibe hub – thanks for the feedback, we've made some tweaks, keep it coming 14 April 2021 The first month of the new Create the Vibe hub on Mary Street in Thames has seen the space well-used and given us a chance to make a few tweaks. (Above: Create the Vibe launch event) The first month of the new Create the Vibe hub on Mary Street in Thames has seen the space well-used and given us a chance to make a few tweaks. Since the opening with a launch event, we've seen the community out and enjoying the new space, thank you to everyone who's visited so far. “The launch event was a hit. It was so rewarding seeing the space enjoyed by the community,” says Hannah-Rose White, our Council’s Landscape Architect, who's been leading the project. “It’s a great spot, less congested now and easier to cross. Love the artwork. Nice place to meet with friends,” says a member of the public on our Facebook page. We're still bringing out umbrellas on sunny days as well as bean bags and games for the community to enjoy. Bring your lunch, or buy from a local business to support local, and play Connect Four, Jenga or Skittles. (Right: New wheelchair friendly picnic tables have been installed) If you’ve visited the town hub recently, you’ll notice a few changes and additions to the space: Wheelchair friendly picnic tables have been installed and are ready for the community to enjoy. Bike repair stations have also been installed. Find out more about the space on our website. Give us your feedback Container Days - our final day this week We’ve been busy holding Container Days every Thursday in the space and our staff have been there to hear your comments and feedback. If you want to give us your feedback, or talk to our staff, it's your last chance to come down to the container this Thursday 15 April. Our staff will be there from 10am – 3pm and would love to hear from you. You are more than welcome to visit one of our council offices to share feedback. Survey There is also a QR code (pictured right) in the space that you can scan with your phone that will take you to the survey page. The survey will be open until Saturday 1 May. If you haven’t had a chance yet, it’s not too late, you can fill in the survey here. We have been getting lots of responses for our Create the Vibe survey, thank you to everyone who has taken the time so far to give us your opinion. We will share the findings once they've been collated. Traffic Reports (Above: Results of the Mary St closure traffic counts showing the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) and vehicles using the street at the 11am peak hour) We've been monitoring traffic to identify the effect that the Mary Street closure has on surrounding streets. The first count was done before the closure was in place (from 29 January to 5 February) and the second, during the first week of the Create the Vibe space being in place (from 1-8 March) The information above shows that there were no significant decreases in traffic, or people driving into central Thames. Traffic in Pollen Street increased and so did that of the surrounding streets with people using alternative routes to move around the town. WSP, who conducted the traffic reports, concluded that traffic is moving through the roading network quite freely. Pinnacles Civil, who also carried out a traffic analysis concluded that there is not a significant change in traffic movements to warrant any major intersection works but suggested some line marking changes. Alternative routes that can be used to go around the Mary St space can be found on our website. Stirling Sports - A branch into the community (Above: The team at Stirling Sports with owner Maree Trow in the middle) Every month we’re profiling a business in the Thames CBD, so while you’re checking out the Create the Vibe civic hub, pop in, get your shopping done and support local. This time we’re spotlighting Stirling Sports. Maree Trow, owner of Stirling Sports, grew up in Thames and years later, she's back in the community. She has a love for sports and the outdoors, and her spare time will often find her running, cycling or at the gym. Her two sons have also inherited her love for everything sports and growing up, her time was also filled with hockey, futsal and football practices. So, it’s a no brainer she owns a sport apparel store. Maree and her husband Andrew also own the Stirling Sports store in Pukekohe and in September 2020 purchased the additional Thames site. “It’s a tie back to the area for both of us,” she says. Purchasing a new store in the wake of COVID was a risky move, but for the couple, it's been great to see the store develop and grow, and the support from the local community has been awesome. “Local communities are built on loyalty,” says Ms Trow. The support from the local Thames community has kept business going. During the Auckland lockdowns this year, what was lost through the Pukekohe store being closed, was almost made up for in the Thames store, as it's assumed more people migrated to our District during the lockdown. In Pukekohe, the busiest day for trade is Saturday. However, in Thames, that’s a little different. The weekdays are busier than the weekends with a lot of the farming communities and those who live further out coming into town during the week, rather than the weekend. Although the head office for Stirling Sports does most of the marketing and sponsorship, Ms Trow is passionate about sports and also about children. Stirling Sports has supported and backed many community sports including squash and tennis and provides support and sponsorship to other local sports and school teams. Stirling Sports is more than a store on the main street, it’s part of our community. Since she’s purchased the store, Ms Trow has placed a huge emphasis on getting in new stock and a range of products for customers to be able to choose from. With a revamp and a new store layout, she has access to better stock which has seen more people come through the door. New stock is brought into the store almost weekly so there will always be something there for everybody. While they may not have everything you want instore, they will always try and get what you need, so don’t hesitate to ask one of the team if you can’t see what you’re looking for. Recently, as we move out of summer and into the cooler months, it’s time to get out and enjoy a cycle or walk around the District. While you may not be able to swim in the ocean this season, there are plenty of other adventures around our District to keep you busy, check out our Tracks and Trails Guide. When you’re in the town hub, visit Stirling Sports and let the dynamic team help you choose your style this winter. Find out more about the store, the team and the latest stock on their Facebook page.