Board­walk gets a facelift

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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