A link between the Manukau and Waitemata harbours is another step closer, now that work on the next phase of Te Whau Pathway has kicked off.
When complete, the shared cycling and pedestrian path will run along 13km of the Whau River, from Green Bay Beach to Te Atatu Peninsula.
The project will provide opportunities for recreation, while protecting and enhancing the local environment.
The stage currently underway, Stage 1A, involves creating additional linkages to the main pathway at McLeod Park, Archibald Park, Ken Maunder Park and Olympic Park.
The main section of Te Whau Pathway is three metres wide. The construction will see two-metre-wide perimeter paths, and connections to nearby streets, linking to the main pathway.
Iris Donoghue, who chairs the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, is excited that Te Whau Pathway is progressing.
“There are so many people and organisations that are working to make the pathway a reality,” she says. “It’s a real collaborative effort and I thank everyone who has contributed.”
Whau Local Board has funded consultation, design, consenting and project management for Stage 1A. The Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, with grants from The Trusts Community Foundation, is funding the construction.
Whau Local Board Chair Catherine Farmer says, “As each stage of the pathway is constructed, we are able to provide a bit more access to the Whau River, enabling people to enjoy this fantastic local treasure.”
Stage 1A is expected to be completed by the end of August 2016, although progress will depend on the weather.
Future plans also include a pontoon at Archibald Park once funding has been secured.
Auckland Transport has provided funding for a concept design for the entire route. This will take place over the next six months.
– Our Auckland magazine, May 2016