Pedestrian access for every Aucklander
There are approximately 4,000 parks across the city - all of which play an important role for our well-being as spaces to relax, enjoy quality time with whanau, and as carbon sinks. These spaces will come under pressure with intensification.
As our city grows, I want every Aucklander to have easy pedestrian access to a green and open area for recreation and appreciation of nature.
If elected, I will work towards
Developing Pocket Parks
Pocket parks make good use of otherwise disused areas and create neighbourhood centres for small events and relaxation.
In Council, I will develop pocket parks through: -
- Advocating for local boards who wish to turn high-pedestrian traffic areas into pocket parks
- Encouraging community participation in their design and construction
- Coordinating the development of pocket parks with that of our walkways and cycleways
Greater Community Participation
In Council, I will support community participation by: -
Unifying Auckland's Park Strategy
Auckland's park system is managed by a multitude of agencies (DoC, Auckland Transport, local boards, etc.) which potentially create inefficiencies. While having a local element is important, coordination between agencies is essential.
In Council, I will get encourage coordination through: -
- Developing Auckland-wide guidelines for operations and maintenance to cover all parks in collaboration with the various agencies
- Ensuring the cycleway and walkway network links parks together
- Setting up an overarching Parks Authority to unite the various local boards' parks committees
Pocket Park image: Michael Barera [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons