Eke Panuku, Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, wants to know what you think about its proposal to upgrade Harbour Bridge Park in Westhaven.
Its planning to transform this popular waterfront destination, west of the harbour bridge, over the next few years to make it a place where more people can enjoy the views across the Waitematā Harbour and spend time with friends and whānau, as well as providing a key walking and cycling connection between Herne Bay and the city centre, connecting through the Westhaven Promenade.
The innovative design will make the most of the location by moving part of Curran Street away from the water’s edge, creating a spacious new waterfront promenade and park. This will make room for new seating, picnic and fishing spots, green space, lighting and improved stormwater treatment through rain gardens. The number of car parks will remain the same.
The redesign, led by Eke Panuku in partnership with mana whenua, recognises the wāhi tapu site (site of significance) of Te Routu o Ureia (reef of Ureia). The renowned taniwha Ureia scratched its back on the protected area of reef that juts out from the headland. The site’s cultural significance will be represented within the landscape design, native planting, Māori mahi toi (Māori art), and signage in both te reo Māori and English.
To find out more, and to provide your feedback, check out the Eke Panuku website. Consultation closes at the end of August. www.ekepanuku.co.nz/westhaven/harbour-bridge-park