Walkways a win for Orākei

Last Updated : 15 Sep 2017
Walkways a win for Orakei
Orākei Local Board Chair Desley Simpson enjoys the new walkway at Glover Park.

Crisp, sunny winter days are the perfect time to rug up and head outdoors for a walk on one of the new or upgraded walkways in the Orākei Local Board area.

“The board is delighted to have recently completed a number of walkway projects which give people safer and more connected access to some of the great parks in our community,” says Orākei Local Board Chair and walkways portfolio lead Desley Simpson.

“We have already had some great feedback from the community about these projects, even before they have been completed.”

One that’s proving popular is the Glover Park perimeter walkway. With stunning views over the harbour at its northern end, and a section through trees on the western side, this upgraded path is a wonderful walking and running track for young and old.

The area is a former Māori pā site, so consideration was taken when choosing the route and installing the walkway.

Safety first at Madills Farm Reserve

Not far from Glover Park is Madills Farm Reserve, which now has a new walking path that is safer than the previous route.

As people often drive through Madills Farm for recreation and sport, it was becoming unsafe for pedestrians to use the road. Now, just like at Glover Park, you can safely walk the full distance without having to leave the park and walk on the road.

Both the Glover and Madills paths have had seating added to them, providing users with the opportunity to rest and take in the view. Ellerslie has benefited too. Canon Park has a new path connecting Kenneth Small Place and Pōhutukawa Place and providing a link to Waiatarua Reserve for residents in the Ellerslie and Marua road area.

This path is an important greenway link and will feed a walking route being designed for commuters and recreational users.

Help keep our parks beautiful

Volunteer groups in Orākei do a great job of holding planting and clean-up days to improve green areas. If you are interested in getting involved please contact:

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