By Jodealyn Cadacio
Works are well under way for a new bush walk that will connect existing communities, streets and parks in Birkenhead, North Shore.
The new 400m walking track is part of Kaipatiki’s Connections Network Plan and is “a priority for the local board,” says Kay McIntyre, Chairperson of the Kaipatiki Local Board.
McIntyre says implementation of the network plan will improve the current networks as well as create a new connection between Beach Haven and Akoranga Drive.
The project is an important step towards meeting the local board’s goals in creating a united and accessible Kaipatiki.
“It’s a great step forward in meeting the goal and also in celebrating Le Roys Bush and making it more accessible for residents to enjoy, says McIntyre. “We are working to make sure all parts of Kaipatiki are well connected and that people can walk within and beyond the local board area.”
Local residents including a 47-year old Elaine Jayhills expresses her views about the new walking tracks.
“It’ll be a great way to connect with other communities. I’m excited because Birkenhead is sometimes left out so this will be a step up for our towns,” says Jayhills, who is excited to bring her 7-year old daughter to see the scenic route.
Maria Annavie Medina, another local resident, is also positive about the local board’s new project.
“I always catch the Birkenhead bus on Onewa road, opposite Le Roys Bush and I think this track will enhance our environment even more. I can’t wait,” the 41-year old woman says.
The bush track is expected to be completed in late April.