New prom­e­nade and cy­cle­way added

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Ac­cess to the wa­ter­front just got eas­ier with the open­ing of a new prom­e­nade and cy­cle­way around the har­bour.

The $12 mil­lion Westhaven Prom­e­nade is up to five me­tres wide and runs from the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge to Wyn­yard Quar­ter.

It in­cludes street fur­ni­ture, light­ing, sig­nage and view­ing plat­forms as well as the in­cor­po­ra­tion of an old ma­rina pon­toon to cre­ate a new public ac­cess pier.

Mayor Len Brown says Auck­land’s wa­ter­front is up there with the best.

‘‘Westhaven Ma­rina is spec­tac­u­lar and it’s only right we show off this part of the wa­ter­front and get peo­ple to fall in love with living in a mar­itime city.

‘‘As well as be­ing a valu- able vis­i­tor at­trac­tion, the route will also form a key part of a wider walk­ing and cy­cling net­work in the city cen­tre,’’ Brown says.

Sev­eral cul­tural de­sign el­e­ments such as Maori whakatauki (proverbs) and waka sto­ries are in­te­grated into the de­sign to re­flect the re­la­tion­ship of the prom­e­nade to sig­nif­i­cant sites and har­bour land­marks.

It will even­tu­ally form part of a 21km cy­cle­way stretch­ing from the har­bour bridge in the west to St He­liers in the east.

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