Plans for the Auckland waterfront are historically polarising, so the focus on the Draft Plan will be particularly intense. Here’s some of what’s in store.
Creation of Westhaven Water Park – a small island built from dredgings, beginning in 10 years, 20 years to completion. A craft village is envisaged, with some apartment housing St Mary’s Bay Beach resanding to create a better recreational space for access to the water, boating and picnics. Improving water quality will be a prerequisite Cycleway/Walkway across the Harbour Bridge to be completed by April 2013 (the crossing is not a council initiative, but a proposed public/private partnership) More ferries, including new ferry services to Takapuna, Hobsonsville and Beach Haven Halsey Street Wharf extension – a large green space off the end of the existing Halsey Street Wharf
100 new projects are planned for the Auckland waterfront over the coming
Light rail/tram system along waterfront and the length of Tamaki
Drive to St Heliers Swimming pool at the end of Queens Wharf (20 years from now) similar to the Andrew (Boy) Charlton pool in Sydney Cycle and walkway the entire length of the waterfront, from Westhaven to Tamaki Drive