Rainbows mooted for K Rd
Rainbow-lined intersections could be on the horizon for Karangahape Rd.
The idea is part of a larger vision to showcase the infamous strip as ‘‘the creative, edgy fringe of the city centre’’ in a 30-year plan adopted by the Waitemata Local Board.
The Karangahape Road Plan will guide future development of the area and includes measures to improve safety, protect heritage and create more public open spaces.
The board sees the City Rail Link project and proposed Karangahape Road Station, at the top of Pitt St and the intersection with Beresford Square, as a catalyst for transformation in the area.
Better links to Myers Park, ‘‘pop-up’’ dining and food truck bays and tree planting are all on the cards.
Waitemata Local Board member Vernon Tava says a plan to create a dedicated cycleway is creating the most excitement.
Tava says the City Rail Link will transform the whole area and lead to a ‘‘flood’’ of people coming to the district.
‘‘The challenge will be to understand, best manage and plan for this change so that it provides maximum benefit to the community, now and into the future,’’ he says. ‘‘It is hugely important to do all of this while protecting and enhancing Karangahape Rd’s historic heritage, unique cultural identity and the gritty character for which the area is known.’’
Implementing the idea for rainbow intersections, included in artists’ impressions in the document, is a possibility.
‘‘It’s something we’re cer- tainly talking to Auckland Transport about.
‘‘We love that as an idea – it really reflects the colour and diversity of K Rd,’’ Tava says.
Concerns about a lack of public toilets, rubbish bins and street lighting will also be addressed as this is adding to a perception of the area as ‘‘unsafe, unhygienic
Edgy district: The Karangahape Road Plan will guide future development of the area while protecting the gritty character for which it is known.
Future plans: An artist’s impression of how Karangahape Rd could look in 2022.