Coun­cil steps in to ease the climb

Upper Hutt Leader - - NEWS - By COLIN WIL­LIAMS

The climb from Wal­laceville Rd to the ridge line above Maid­stone Park will soon be a bit eas­ier.

Steps are be­ing put in over most of the track’s sev­eral hun­dred me­tres to com­plete the work on the lat­est ad­di­tion to Up­per Hutt’s net­work of off- road walk­ing tracks.

The Up­per Hutt City Coun­cil had long held plans to con­nect the tracks ac­cessed from the park or Kings­ley Heights to the Man­garoa Val­ley.

The land for the new track was pre­vi­ously owned by for­mer longserv­ing mayor Rex Kir­ton.

It came into city own­er­ship at the time of the sale of ad­ja­cent land for hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on Wal­laceville Rd.

‘‘The ac­cess there is im­por­tant to the whole walk­ing and cy­cling strat­egy for the city,’’ coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Lach­lan Wal­lach said.

‘‘It’s some­thing we have been af­ter for a while and with the change in the own­er­ship of that land it be­came pos­si­ble.

‘‘It’s a great out­come for the com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Wal­lach said.

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