Improving park part of trustees’ goals
Improving the walking and running tracks of Cornwall Park are among the future goals of the trustees charged with the guardianship of one of Auckland’s treasures.
New Zealand and international landscape architects have been engaged to come up with a 100-year Master Plan for the park to ensure it maintains its vital importance as part of the city’s open space.
Park director Michael Ayrton says the Cornwall Park Trust Board decided last year to start forward planning.
‘‘We’re really just building on the previous 100 years and building on what Sir John Logan Campbell did,’’ he says.
‘‘Last year we celebrated the centenary of his passing and we felt it was appropriate to look forward to the next 100 years.’’
New York-based landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz will lead the development of the plan in collaboration with the New Zealand company Boffa Miskell.
‘‘Our aim is that the park continues to provide a profound and relevant experience for the citizens of Auckland.’’
He says the way the park allows Aucklanders and visitors access to such a large open space in the middle of the city and get close to animals and both Maori and European history makes having a long term vision and plan important.
‘‘Importantly, while the master plan will establish a vision it will not limit the ability of future trust boards to make essential design and maintenance decisions in the light of circumstances applying in their day.’’
Mr Ayrton says it may take as long as 20 years to see any kind of change implemented.
‘‘You won’t see overnight change, that’s not what the process is about. It’s about the longer term.’’
Nelson Byrd Woltz senior associate Breck Gastinger says designers have already got a few ideas for how to improve the park.
‘‘Some of the things we’ve noticed is improving the running and walking trails and circulation.
‘‘Just maintaining the status quo is not a simple thing. You have to plan ahead to make sure the experience continues as trees near their maturity. Establishing some of the same vision that allowed this place to be established is required for the future,’’ Mr Gastinger says.
The master plan will be developed over the next year to 18 months.
Big future: Cornwall Park director Michael Ayrton, second from left, with Nelson Byrd Woltz landscape architects Breck Gastinger, Chloe Hawkins, Jeremy Jordan and Evan Grimm.