Anger over ugly path
Untidy, butchered and disgusting are words people are using to describe the state of their local parks and reserves in the East Auckland area.
Two weeks after an Eastern Courier article on November 1, headlined ‘Long grass takes over’, disgruntled members of the community have come forward to share stories about their favourite green spots.
One group is Joan Ford and her neighbours Fanny Ma and Jenny and Steven Yuen of Botany Downs.
Ford often goes for a stroll with her dog Ricky along the Cascade Walkway that runs behind her home and next to Pakuranga Golf Club.
‘‘We love walking it. It’s so quiet and peaceful and I take my dog every day on a lead,’’ she says.
‘‘I live on my own and some mornings you feel a bit down and once I’ve done that walk, I come back and feel good.’’
What has usually been a sense of comfort for her has now turned into a feeling of outrage at the state the public walkway is in.
The grass is overgrown and the once friendly plants have now started to overcrowd and reach out onto the path.
‘‘It’s not only because it looks unsightly but because it’s gone to seed and in the wind it’s blowing the seeds over the fence into people’s gardens. I do speak for everyone in the street, it’s always been so lovely to go walking every day. Now it just churns me up and makes me angry,’’ Ford says.
‘‘In all the years I’ve lived here it’s never been neglected like that. It’s upsetting all of a sudden when it goes like that.’’
She says the grass has also been cut in an unorderly fashion, only at the edges of the footpath, by the new Auckland Council contractors who have taken over.
‘‘The contractor they’ve got now has just gone along the edge, where the footpath ends and the grass starts and goes right down to the creek, and has only done one width of it with his tractor.’’
Up the walkway and past Cascades Road bridge, Golflands resident Bill Bain is one of many who decided to take matters into his own hands.
‘‘What’s happened is there’s been a lot of overgrowth of big weeds and thistles. Because there’s so much of them they’ve encroached and the path is a lot narrower,’’ Bain explains.
‘‘It’s very unsightly and people get quite angry because it’s narrowing the path,’’ he says.
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‘‘It just churns me up and makes me angry.’’
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Disappointed Botany Downs residents Jenny and Steven Yuen, Joan Ford, Fanny Ma and walker Maria Rowe with a friend’s dog.