Wind­farm first, then cy­cling, walking park

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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