Harbour Bridge Park
28 February 2023 - TBC
- On Hold
Eke Panuku will look for the opportunity to deliver on this project when the budget allows.
We consulted on the early design for the Harbour Bridge Park upgrade from 4 July to 31 August 2022 and after reviewing the feedback, we fed this into the detailed design.
Eke Panuku consulted on the early design for the Harbour Bridge Park upgrade from 4 July to 31 August 2022 and after reviewing the feedback, we fed this into the detailed design. Eke Panuku will look for the opportunity to deliver on this project when the budget allows.
The Waterfront Plan described the upgrade of Harbour Bridge Park as:
“A new green public space featuring a waterfront walkway and cycleway, providing increased access to the water for St Mary's and Herne Bay residents and the wider community. There will be opportunities for native planting, recognition of cultural heritage, and picnic and fishing spots to make the most of this area’s superb outlook across the harbour.”
The upgrade to Harbour Bridge Park will involve the following changes:
- Curran Street will be realigned to the back of the park away from the water’s edge, and redesigned as a one-way traffic system heading west to east
- A separated cycleway will be installed, providing a key connection between the north-western and central city cycle network
- Open green space will be designed to encourage recreational activity and as a place for people to spend time enjoying the views
- Piers will provide an extended viewing point over the water, and can be used for fishing activities which are popular in the area
- Different seating options will be in place to accommodate a range of users
- Rain gardens installed within the car parking area will improve the stormwater treatment in the area
- Ground levels will be elevated to mitigate rising sea levels
- Car parking provision will be maintained at current levels
- The wāhi tapu site (site of significance) Te Routu o Ureia will be represented in the space through landscape design, Māori mahi toi (Māori art) and signage in both te reo Māori and English
Project on hold
Eke Panuku is supporting Auckland Council as it works to find budget savings over the 2024/2025 financial year, which has resulted in some of our projects being slowed, including the planned upgrade for Harbour Bridge Park.
The concept design was publicly consulted on from 4 July to 31 August 2022 and is currently under review
• After several workshops, the Waitematā Local Board endorsed the concept design for Harbour Bridge Park ahead of public engagement and stakeholder consultation.
• Eke Panuku then shared the design with interested stakeholders and the public to inform them of the proposed upgrade, and sought feedback to understand how Harbour Bridge Park is being used, if people support the proposed changes, and what people like and do not like about the design.
• We received 96 submissions in total and the feedback summary report is available here. The feedback has been considered and fed into the detailed design.
Timing for Harbour Bridge Park aligns with other projects in the area
The Northern Pathway project (previously Skypath) received Government funding from the NZ Upgrade Programme to fast track consenting and construction. The proposed design was a clip-on pathway to support people walking and cycling across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, that landed in Westhaven (in 2021 the Government announced it would no longer proceed with this option).
At a similar time, Watercare approached Eke Panuku with their plans to install a booster pump station within Harbour Bridge Park. This project includes a water supply line that connects from Westhaven to Sulphur Beach and is integral to future proof the water supply to the North Shore. These proposed capital projects in the area brought forward Eke Panuku planning for Harbour Bridge Park, so that there could be a dig once approach for the works in the area. Using the 2017 draft concept design of Harbour Bridge Park, Eke Panuku further developed this design with input from mana whenua, Watercare m and the Waitemata Local Board.
First concept of Harbour Bridge Park upgrade created
February 2017An earlyconcept design for Harbour Bridge Park was created to align with the then proposed Skypath project. Consultation with interested stakeholders took place and feedback was received. Progress on detailed design was paused when the Skypath project was withdrawn.
Planning for Harbour Bridge Park
June 2012Harbour Bridge Park was included in the Waterfront Plan 2012 and Westhaven Plan 2013 as a future project in Westhaven. This project was consulted on during the development of the Waterfront Plan in 2012. The proposal to reinvigorate this space in the draft plans for Westhaven was generally supported and it was felt that the redevelopment would improve public amenity and encourage more public use of the area. Some felt it would be a good space for people to walk their dogs. Others suggested the use of the water space for small boats and kayaks and provision of land-based piers for fishing, and concerns around the impact on car parking were raised.
Harbour Bridge Park included in the Waterfront Plan
June 2012Harbour Bridge Park included in the Waterfront Plan 2012 as a future project in Westhaven with funding allocated in 2023/2024 Long -Term Plan.
Upgrade proposal - your feedback
Thanks again for providing feedback on the Eke Panuku proposal to upgrade Harbour Bridge Park in Westhaven. We had some great ideas and questions come through and we appreciate you taking the time to communicate with us.
Auckland Council has had to find budget savings over the 2024/2025 financial year. As such, some of our projects have been slowed down or put on hold. This includes the planned upgrade for Harbour Bridge Park. We will look to progress this project when budget allows.
In the meantime, we thought we would share responses below to some of the key themes that came through. We will pick up on these themes in our next round of design iterations when we have more certainty about next steps.
Request for information about Harbour Bridge Park project costs
This project is currently on hold until funding becomes available. More defined costs will emerge when we proceed with the project.
Request to remove the road (Curran Street) altogether
The road provides access for park users and is also a key entry point to Westhaven Marina and the harbour bridge for undertaking maintenance. Removing this road would result in significant access issues for getting to and maintaining these important destinations and landmarks, and would also make access to the public space more difficult for those with accessibility limitations.
Request to include more improvements to pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
Safe access for pedestrians and cyclists has been a key consideration throughout the design process to date and will continue to be as the design is developed further. We are confident that providing dedicated space for active modes will enable more people to safely visit the area.
Request to consider giving more priority to cars
We won’t be giving more priority to cars in this location. However, provision for car parking will be maintained at current levels.
Request to include a greater focus on aquatic activities
Given the location and existing infrastructure with the seawall in place, there is no accessible area that has been identified for safe aquatic activities.
Request for information about what kind of amenities will be provided and whether these have increased as a result of the feedback we received
Amenities will be considered as part of the wider open space network (including Point Erin Park and the Westhaven Promenade), and will include elements like viewing platforms, rain gardens and seating to provide a welcoming and accessible space. Feedback will be taken on board when the design progresses further.