Park re­opens af­ter 10 years

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A re­gional park that has been closed to the pub­lic for 10 years will fi­nally re­open this Satur­day.

Waitawa Re­gional Park on the Cleve­donKawakawa Rd will open its gates from 8am and there will be spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties there all weekend to cel­e­brate.

The 188-hectare park was bought by the for­mer Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil in 2004.

But Auck­land Coun­cil was un­able to de­velop the land for eight years be­cause of a lease held by Orica Min­ing Ser­vices, which man­u­fac­tured ex­plo­sive ma­te­ri­als on the site.

That lease ex­pired in 2012.

The park has since been up­graded for a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing moun­tain bik­ing, kayak­ing, horse rid­ing and tramp­ing.

It is es­ti­mated that 20,000 people will visit Waitawa ev­ery year in the early stages.

That num­ber is fore­cast to in­crease to 100,000.

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