Board­walk a s tep for ward in park

Central Leader - - News -

B y L i s a S l o a n Walk­ing the Roy Cle­ments Tree­way no longer means wad­ing through pol­luted wa­ter dur­ing heavy rain.

Construction has be­gun to in­stall a board­walk through the tree­way, which runs ad­ja­cent to Meola Creek near Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School.

In bad weather, the walk­way of­ten fl oods with heav­ily pol­luted wa­ter from the creek, caus­ing a health haz­ard to peo­ple us­ing it.

But the new wooden struc­ture will lift the walk­way above fl ood­wa­ters pro­vid­ing safer ac­cess for the pedes­tri­ans and stu­dents who use it each day.

A fence will also be built around the creek to pre­vent stu­dents hav­ing to en­ter the wa­ter to re­trieve balls kicked in from the nearby play­ing fields.

While a change of in­fra­struc­ture to solve the pol­lu­tion prob­lems is still 10 to 15 years away, the board­walk will help to mit­i­gate the ef­fects.

The St Lukes En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety has been cam­paign­ing for many years to see im­prove­ments to the creek and tree­way.

Mem­ber Nick Gold­wa­ter says the board­walk is a step in the right di­rec­tion.

“It’s fan­tas­tic and we are very happy with it. It has a nice nat­u­ral look and blends in with the park,” he says.

“Ul­ti­mately we still need a change in in­fra­struc­ture and we want to see the qual­ity of the wa­ter cleaned up, but this is a good start.”

Meola Creek is heav­ily pol­luted be­cause of an outdated, com­bined sewer sys­tem which overfl ows into the wa­ter.

The board­walk was de­vel­oped by Metrowa­ter, Auck- land City Coun­cil and Water­care in re­sponse to com­plaints from the so­ci­ety, the school and lo­cal res­i­dents.

Project man­ager Caleb Clarke says he will be work­ing closely with the com­mu­nity through­out the project.

“The Roy Cle­ments Tree­way Board­walk has been widely wel­comed by the com- mu­nity as a short term so­lu­tion,” he says.

“We feel very con­fi­dent em­bark­ing on this pro­gramme know­ing we have the sup­port of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal group.”

Tree­way founder Roy Cle­ments says the new board­walk en­hances the look of the park.

“This goes far be­yond the orig­i­nal vi­sion and trans­forms it,” he says.

The so­ci­ety is hold­ing a plant­ing day on Septem­ber 21 from 1pm. Meet at the Al­ber­ton Ave en­trance.

Peo­ple are ad­vised to avoid us­ing the tree­way un­til construction of the board­walk is com­pleted in Novem­ber.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

N ew p a t h :

Roy Cle­ments, left, and St Lukes En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety mem­bers Pa t Prescott and Nick Gold­wa­ter take a stroll along the new board­walk in the Roy Cle­ments Tree­way.

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