City gets awards for parks

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Af­ter scoop­ing a raft of awards for its streetscapes and parks Auck­land is well on its way to be­com­ing the world’s most liv­able city, mayor Len Brown says.

Auck­land’s out­side spa­ces picked up 25 of the 53 ac­co­lades at the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Land­scape Ar­chitec- ture Awards held on April 8.

The El­liott and Darby streets shared spa­ces, Jel­li­coe St and Wyn­yard play space were all recog­nised with the NZILA Award of Ex­cel­lence.

The soon to be con­structed Daldy St Lin­ear Park in the Wyn­yard Quar­ter wa­ter­front precinct took out the over­all 2013 Sus­tain­abil­ity Award of Ex­cel­lence in the Land­scape De­sign – Vi­sion­ary Land­scapes sec­tion.

Mr Brown says Auck­land must match its nat­u­ral beauty with qual­ity de­sign to cre­ate ur­ban land­scapes, parks and recre­ational spa­ces that peo­ple want to be in and en­joy.

‘‘By rais­ing the bar of land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture we are in­creas­ing pride in Auck­land and pro­duc­ing a sense of place and iden­tity that is crit­i­cal to cre­at­ing a qual­ity com­pact city.’’

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