Your input sought on future of the CBD
New dining and open areas in the city centre could become reality within five years. And Aucklanders can have a say on what they will look like.
Many people are said to be frustrated with the low quality spaces in the city.
Cold, shaded and uninviting are words which have been used to describe one of the inner city’s public areas, Queen Elizabeth Square.
It was condemned as a failure by the government of 1977 and selling the square was debated in September this year.
The idea will be put to the public but the final decision will be the council’s.
About 45,000 people are expected to be living in the city centre by 2032.
City leaders are concerned about a lack of open space for the expected influx.
Funds from the square’s sale will go towards the creation of two new public spaces in downtown Auckland, along the waterfront.
Several public spaces and projects are up for discussion in a new online survey at shapeauckland.co.nz.
It follows the release of the Downtown Framework in September, a blueprint for what Auckland’s central city could look like.
Twelve projects, including redesigning Lower Queen St, Queens Wharf and Quay St into shared spaces for people and vehicles, are included in the framework.
Auckland’s design champion Ludo CampbellReid says giving people a ‘‘Koru Lounge bus service’’ on Lower Albert St and making parts of the city more friendly will give Auckland a competitive edge globally.
The future of the central wharves, including Captain James Cook and Princes, could become public space.
Each wharf could have its own use – events and gatherings in one space, eating and relaxing in another, and play and recreation in yet another, the council says.