More parks space cre­ated in Porirua

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A plan to cre­ate more recre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties in the hills be­hind Porirua and Tawa has met with a favourable pub­lic re­ac­tion.

Porirua and Welling­ton city coun­cils con­sulted on the draft plan for a month over Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 2015.

Porirua City Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Euan Dempsey said the re­sponse had been pos­i­tive and that the 348 sub­mis­sions were thought­ful and de­tailed and had helped re­fine the plan.

‘‘Over­all sup­port for the plan was very strong. There will be more tracks de­vel­oped on the five beau­ti­ful and var­ied re­serve ar­eas in the hills,’’ he said.

The plan cov­ers a 550-hectare area, which in­cludes three sec­tions man­aged by Porirua City Coun­cil – Spicer Botan­i­cal Park, Colo­nial Knob and Porirua Scenic Re­serve, plus Spicer For­est, which is jointly man­aged by the Porirua and Welling­ton coun­cils.

‘‘A va­ri­ety of moun­tain­bike tracks will have a fam­ily fo­cus with op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren and young peo­ple to de­velop skills and move on to more chal­leng­ing trails,’’ Dempsey said.

The track net­work would be de­signed to en­sure that con­flicts be­tween fast-mov­ing bikes, walk­ers and horse rid­ers were min­imised, he said.

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