New water­front and city cen­tre plans show a wel­come amount of new green space.

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Auck­land’s water­front and city cen­tre could look rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent by the time the Amer­ica’s Cup rolls around in 2021. Re­freshed plans an­nounced last week by Auck­land Coun­cil show more pub­lic spa­ces and green spa­ces be­tween the water­front and the city cen­tre. Plans in­clude a large park at the ‘tank farm’ on Wyn­yard Wharf (above, with Daldy Street Lin­ear Park link­ing to the Vic­to­ria Street Lin­ear Park), the re­place­ment of the Wyn­yard Cross­ing bridge with a new bridge (and – hur­rah! – the re­moval of the car park lead­ing to it), cre­at­ing a ‘bus boule­vard’ on Welles­ley Street, an ex­tended Cap­tain Cook Wharf, and a new ferry ter­mi­nal. Plans would be in­te­grated with the Com­mer­cial Bay de­vel­op­ment and pub­lic trans­port plans like the City Rail Link. A new bus fa­cil­ity is also planned on Quay Street East, re­mov­ing the need for buses in the lower Queen Street and cen­tral Quay Street area. Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is ex­pected in 2018.

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