Victoria Street - creating a linear park
About this opportunity
The City Centre Masterplan envisages the Victoria linear park as a flagship future opportunity for Auckland and centrepiece to Transformational move 6: The Green Link.
Originally identified in the 2012 CCMP, the first stages of the linear park will be delivered in conjunction with the City Rail Link (CRL) Aotea Station construction that will add two busy station entrance portals within the street either side of Albert Street.
Longer term, the Masterplan continues to promote a linear park the full length of the midtown area either side of the Waihorotiu / Queen Street Valley, linking Albert Park in the east with Waiatarau / Victoria Park in the west.
How this would happen
The masterplan envisages the following qualities and outcomes to be realised through the incremental development of the Victoria linear park over time:
Transforming Victoria Street
Transformation of Victoria Street from a multi-lane urban arterial to an urban living room or ‘breakout space’ for those living, visiting and working in the Waihorotiu Queen Street Valley and Victoria Quarter areas.
This could become one of the instantly identifiable images of Auckland and a celebrated centrepiece of the city centre’s people and place-based transformation and urban renewal.
Greening the city
A wave of green vegetation down Victoria Street from Albert Park amplifying the already memorable qualities of Albert Park as a dramatic green edge to this side of the Queen Street Valley.
Making our city centre more sustainable
Enhancements to environmental sustainability with opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure that contributes to urban ecology, biodiversity, microclimate and air quality outcomes.
Better public transport and pedestrian spaces
Reduced vehicular traffic function and space allocation over time, including for public transport services, to unlock significant space reallocation in favour of pedestrians and public space activity