Walking around Onehunga Bay Reserve has just become even more enjoyable, as works to improve and upgrade the circuit pathway have been completed.
Locals and visitors are fast making the most of the path improvements and the warmer spring weather.
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board adopted the Onehunga Bay Reserve Concept Plan in August 2012. Some of the priority projects developed from the plan include the playground upgrade, a pathway laid between the car park and playground, a bridge to link Onehunga Bay Reserve to Taumanu Park, and lagoon enhancements which included accessible seating and a drinking fountain.
"Onehunga Bay Reserve is an important outdoor recreation area for the community."
"By future proofing the area with these improvements, especially drainage and the pathway widening, it means that the area can be enjoyed by more for many years to come," says Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board Chair Chris Makoare.
The old path was prone to tidal flooding, which had caused the surface to degrade and become almost impossible for scooters or bikes and unsafe for pedestrians. There was a strong stakeholder and community agreement that the path needed to be widened considerably.
Due to insistence from the community and clear instructions form the local board, the path and renewals were completed as one project in August this year.
Today Onehunga Bay Reserve is home to a smooth, 2.5-meter-wide, 1km long, circuit pathway which is becoming increasingly popular for locals and visitors alike.
Onehunga Bay Reserve can be accessed from Beachcroft Avenue at the end of Church Street in Onehunga.