Auckland's green link gets the go ahead

Linear Park would connect Victoria Park and Albert Park for pedestrians.

Linear Park would connect Victoria Park and Albert Park for pedestrians.

The transformation of a key Auckland street into a pedestrian link has been given the green light.

Linear Park is a proposed walkway that would join Victoria Park and Albert Park, turning Victoria Street into a leafy walkway of plazas and green spaces for pedestrians. 

The park, part of the city's 20-year City Centre Masterplan, was in jeopardy as Auckland Transport (AT) considered using Victoria Street in its Midtown bus route. 

However, Auckland councillor Richard Hills said Council and AT had this week agreed the bus route didn't need to use Victoria Street; both agencies wanted the park to become a reality. 

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"Obviously they've heard loud and clear that we want the Linear Park for people," Hills said.

He said it made sense as the number of cars in the central city plateaued and the number of pedestrians increased by tens of thousands each year. 

It would add a touch of green to the CBD and help transform Auckland into a "world class, international city".

"It's a fantastic place for people to spend time in the city," he said. "The city will be a place people will want to come to visit and not just go to work."

The timing of the park's completion would become clear in Long-term Plan discussions in the coming months. 

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"Most councillors and the mayor want to see the Linear Park be a priority."

The draft plan is expected in November or December, with the final plan to be delivered in June next year. 

 - Stuff


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