Windfarm first, then cycling, walking park
A public park south of Spicer Landfill will not be open until late 2014, once Meridian Energy has completed a windfarm at Mill Creek.
Last June Porirua City Council and Wellington City Council bought 72 hectares of pine plantation from Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Instead of felling the trees, the councils will convert the forest to a park with walking and cycling tracks.
Meridian has cut an access route through the forest from the landfill to the end of Ohariu Valley Road, and a park will have to wait until the windfarm is finished, says Mike Oates, Wellington City Council’s open spaces and recreation planning manager.
During construction period the forest will be closed to the public.
The Te Araroa walkway route will remain open but has been diverted away from construction activity, Mr Oates says.
Developing the park will also depend on both councils’ Long Term Plan funding next year, he says.