Boardwalk gets a facelift
Park-goers will no longer have to walk along a rickety stretch of boardwalk in Cox’s Bay Reserve as the park’s new walking and cycling highway is officially opened on June 15.
The boardwalk connecting Hukanui Reserve with the reserve’s sports field was closed for 12 weeks for the upgrade.
Its 1.2 metre-wide dilapidated planks have been replaced with a new 2.5 metre pathway.
The boardwalk was closed in March for a full safety assessment after concerns were raised about its deteriorating state.
An engineer identified a number of decking planks that were loose, rotting or very weak.
While it was due for an upgrade, the increase in width of the boardwalk is being made in anticipation of a greenway connecting the reserve to Grey Lynn Park and the Northwestern Cycleway.
It is the first project to get the green light in the Waitemata Local Board’s Greenways Plan to create more cycling and walking connections in the city.
The Waitemata Local Board voted unanimously last year to reallocate funds to ensure the upgrade of the boardwalk would meet future needs.
The total cost is $358,254.