Cox’s Bay Creek Boardwalk rebuild approved

September 2, 2012 by  
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Over the next three months, the Waitemata Local Board looks to develop and implement a Greenways Plan for our community which aims to improve the connections between our parks and open spaces. A Greenways Plan will help the Local Board keep a close eye on the park’s budget while prioritising upgrades and renewal projects. Some of the options the Board are currently investigating include, a network for walking and cycling and creating ecological corridors.

As part of my role on the Waitemata Local Board overseeing park development, forward planning, and guidance, many renewal projects are brought to my attention. A notable example of this has been the recent Cox’s Bay Creek boardwalk and footpath upgrade. Under the existing project plans, the Cox’s Bay Creek boardwalk was set to be rebuilt to a 1.8m width from its current narrow span of 1.2m.  This 60cm increase wouldn’t be suitable given the present substantial use of the bridge. Other concerns with the rundown footpaths were noted, such as the uplifting of the track from tree roots, pot holes and the water erosion which was brought to my attention by the local Cox’s Bay Park Advisory Group.

On visiting the well walked track with Council staff, I met many local residents enthusiastic for the upgrade. One local resident disclosed that his wife had fallen through a rotten plank of wood on the Cox’s Bay Creek boardwalk a few weeks earlier, which left her taking leave from her work to recover from her injuries. This acts as a reminder to Council and Local Board of the importance of regular maintenance and renewals of community assets to ensure safety and reliability for local residents and park users.

Due to the urgency of the renewal, the Local Board took a proactive role in the development and future planning of the boardwalk. I discussed with fellow Local Board members and the Parks Manager the possibility of aligning the reconstruction with a Greenway which could link our western communities from Cox’s Bay through to Grey Lynn Park to the NorthWestern Cycleway.  The concept for this development has been informally dubbed the ‘Grey Lynn Greenway’.

Work on the boardwalk will commence early next year and I am very pleased to report that the boardwalk will be rebuilt to a 2.5m width, which, will fit in nicely with future Greenways, pending approval.

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