Transformation of the northern section of Davies Avenue behind the new Manukau Station between Putney Way and Ronwood Avenue, into a boulevard and park is now complete.
Project status: Complete
Project Zone: South
The new Davies Avenue developoment connects the train station, the planned new bus interchange, the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, the surrounding residential and commercial area and the car park at the northern end of Davies Avenue. The project also enhances the integration of Hayman Park with MIT and the commercial areas of Manukau city centre.
The Davies Avenue Boulevard incorporates new seating, lighting, landscaping and a wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians along the park's edge. The local board wanted to create a pedestrian friendly environment by bringing Hayman Park closer to the town centre and rejuvenating the park's edge to encourage more people to use and enjoy the park and surrounds.
Within the avenue's plaza, Puriri trees are planted and abstracted Puriri tree leaf motifs have been created in the pavement. The Puriri motifs together with the planting reflect the strong Maori culture in Manukau and celebrate the native flora of the area. And the plaza area provides opportunity for community markets, festivals and events.
Davies Avenue has been changed to a single road with one traffic lane in each direction. This will improve road safety with the reduced speed limit and makes better use of the land for pedestrians, cyclists and park users. The realignment of the road and new lighting allows for better surveillance of the area.
The project was funded by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, Auckland Council Economic Development, Auckland Council Parks and Auckland Transport.