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