The project aims to overhaul public perception and revitalise the park by increasing safety, accessibility and visibility.
The site is challenging: it is situated in Myers Park, in Auckland City Centre near the Mayoral Drive underpass. The area has had difficulty shaking its perception as an unsafe space, after a series of unfortunate activities. It’s also the bottom of a stormwater basin that prevents flooding of the area between Myers Park and Aotea Square.
In 2015 a design for the space was endorsed; however, it was put on hold due to escalating costs and potential construction issues. Boffa Miskell was bought on board in 2020 to support engineers GHD in developing three options for the site. The three options were presented to Mana Whenua engagement groups and the Local Board, where a preferred option became apparent.