Waitematā Local Board has decided to create a loop track for the public to enjoy, connecting the existing track at Western Springs Forest, Te Wai Ōrea Park. $121,000 has been allocated for the upgrade.
During their May business meeting, the board approved this project and funding for the installation of a new pedestrian loop track within the recently cleared area of the park.
Results from the community consultation which took place in February 2022 were overwhelmingly positive, showing enthusiasm and support from the public.
The new track will connect to an existing pedestrian track that currently runs from West View Road through to the park below, creating a loop walk and viewing experience through the revegetating native forest area. Regular visitors to the park will be able to expand the variety in the walking routes they take.
“The presence of a sustainable forest is important in Te Wai Ōrea Park, as well as the means for people of all ages to enjoy and learn from the forest,” says Waitematā Local Board Chair, Richard Northey.
“Creating this loop track will enhance both the ability for education and the ability for the public to enjoy and appreciate the environment.”
While the full length of the proposed track will not be suitable for wheelchairs or strollers due to the gradient of the land, a wheelchair turnaround area is being funded on the lower track to give wheelchair users as much access as possible.
Funding has also been allocated for bench seating and signage for the new track. The seating will allow for a resting place, and an opportunity to take in the scenic views. Signs will have ecological information, with separate signs describing the historic significance of the area.