“Connecting town centres and neighbourhoods to walkways, cycleways and green corridors offers people an alternative to noisy busy roads, while taking them where they want to go,” says Whau Local Board Chair Catherine Farmer.
“Our greenways plan has identified a programme of connections. Developing these will join our neighbourhoods together and support us to live more active lives, to meet our neighbours and to provide an alternative to travelling by car.”
The five projects are:
- Footpath construction at Craigavon Park: providing an essential link through Craigavon Park to Sister Rene Shadbolt Park and to existing trails in both parks. Construction has started and is expected to be finished by the end of March.
- Walking route from Holly Street to Heron Park: the proposed route runs alongside the Waitematā Harbour and links to existing paths in Heron Park.
Pedestrians and Avondale College students will be able to bypass Great North Road. The proposed route will connect Holly Street in Avondale and Heron Park in Waterview. The next step is finalising the concept design with Albert-Eden Local Board. This will be followed by widespread community engagement in April.
- Miranda Reserve connections: connecting the proposed cycle routes between Wolverton/Tiverton streets and Blockhouse Bay Road and providing a link through from Busby Street. This will be a safe route for students of Glenavon School. It will give better access to Wolverton Esplanade, Olympic Park and the New Lynn town centre.
The project includes a 30m-long footbridge over Whau Stream and has been identified as a stream restoration opportunity. The next step is public consultation on the concept plan.
- Rizal Reserve to Riverbank Road footbridge: providing better connections between Avondale and New Lynn. It follows a streamside route and includes a 120m-long footbridge over Whau River. This project links to the Whau Coastal Walkway project and the next steps are to work through the project requirements.
- Riversdale Reserve perimeter footpath: creating an exercise and fitness loop around the park’s perimeter.
Read the Whau Neighbourhood Greenways Plan.