Boardwalk a s tep for ward in park
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Meola Creek is heavily polluted because of an outdated, combined sewer system which overfl ows into the water.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.
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.