Auckland Council’s Waitemata Local Board, along with the council’s City Centre Advisory Board, puts a lot of energy into transforming the environment – making streetscapes better, and also returning some places to their natural state.
Myers Park, which runs from the steps behind St Kevin’s Arcade on Karangahape Rd down to Mayoral Drive, falls into the second category.
While there are play area improvements, slowly there is also recognition that the park was there in the first place because of its natural watercourse.
The local board also looks this week at a second historic watercourse, the Waiparuru Stream, which falls from the Symonds St Cemetery east reserve down to Grafton Gully, but is piped on private land in the north.
The local board has both the Waiparuru Stream restoration and the second stage of its Myers Park programme on its agenda on Tuesday.
Council relationship advisory team leader Jaimee Maha says in her report on the stream restoration programme the board allocated $20,000 from its locally driven initiatives budget towards the project a year ago, and it now has a 5-year restoration plan completed by the board in April & May.
An ecological restoration report has been prepared by Wildland Consultants Ltd principal ecologist Nick Goldwater.
On Myers Park, council development programme office project manager Emma Bullivant has outlined how the underpass beneath Mayoral Drive, at the foot of the park, would be improved as a link to what will become a very different, livelier precinct once the apartments redevelopment of the Civic Administration Building is completed, and a hotel & more apartments are built on the Mayoral Drive frontage.
The board has before it a proposal to endorse the preferred concept design for the underpass to progress to the developed design phase, and to support in principle allocating $1.85 million more from the city centre targeted rate to the project.
Ms Bullivant said the first stage of the upgrade, including the new play area, began in 2012 and was completed in 2015.
The underpass work has been changed in scope & cost, which were reviewed in November 2017 and endorsed by the board in March 2018.
3 stormwater detention options were investigated, and the board is now proposing that option A, retaining the existing bund wall with the inclusion of new stairs & ramps over the wall and maintaining above-ground storage of stormwater, be progressed.
That recommendation will also go to the City Centre Advisory Board on 24 July.
Waitemata Local Board, Tuesday 16 July at 2pm, local board office, 52 Swanson St:
16, Myers Park stage 2 – Mayoral Drive underpass
Myers Park artist impressions
Myers Park project objective assessment
18, Waiparuru Stream restoration plan funded as part of the Waitemata Local Board 2018-19 local environment work programme
Waiparuru Stream restoration plan
Attribution: Local board agenda.