Vision for the Green Link
What we aim to do
- Transform Victoria Street into a high-amenity linear park that will connect Victoria and Albert parks.
- Complete the development of Daldy Street in the Wynyard Quarter as a linear park connection between Victoria Park and a new destination park at Wynyard Point.
- Connect new green links through Albert Park and the Learning Quarter, and potentially under the park using the historic WWII air raid tunnels.
- Achieve better links for walking and cycling across Grafton Gully, and better connections to Auckland Domain, to Waipapa Greenway and to Quay Street.
- Provide more tree cover, planting and access to open space in the city centre.
Why we want to do this
In 2010 the renowned Danish urban design firm Gehl Architects undertook a public life survey of Auckland city centre. This initial survey found that a lack of attractive walking routes between the city centre's open spaces is its biggest public realm shortcoming.
As the city centre grows and intensifies, the need for high-quality public spaces and walking routes increases. A hotter, wetter climate will require more park space and greener streets.
The masterplan envisages uniting some of our most important and historic parks and open spaces through a network of tree-lined linear park spaces along the Victoria Street corridor. This will improve access to existing public spaces and provide people with new ones.
It will also complement the heritage and character of our existing parks and open spaces, responding to the change in topography, built form and land use along its length.
Eventually, these parks will link to Wynyard Point open space at the tip of the Wynyard Quarter, blending our green park space into the blue of the Waitematā Harbour.