Franklin’s iconic greenway, the Beachlands-Maraetai Coastal Walkway, has won a Resene NZIL Pride of Place 2015 Landscape Architecture Award for outstanding design.
The walkway, developed with design company Isthmus, won in a category in which the average project spend was substantially higher than the amount spent on this project.
“Local people are very proud of the walkway,” says Franklin Local Board member Malcolm Bell. “In its short lifespan it has become extremely popular, so this award is fantastic news for everyone.”
Making connections with the Franklin Greenways Plan
Franklin Local Board’s Greenways Plan will identify possible pathways between parks, forests, rivers, waterfronts and streams to improve community connectivity.
“We’ve heard from locals that they want faster development of greenways suitable for use by walkers, cyclists and horse‑riders,” says local board chair Andy Baker. “We’re in the very early stages of developing a plan that will meet community needs and cater for the high level of growth projected for Franklin over the next 30 years.”
A range of connections are currently being identified and the board will be seeking community input into the process.