A new footpath is being installed around Shoesmith Recreation Reserve in Warkworth as part of Rodney Local Board’s ongoing play space renewal project.
The perimeter path goes right around the domain and playground, giving increased all-weather access to Warkworth School students and all other users of the recreation fields between Hill and Shoesmith Streets.
Auckland Council’s community facilities area operations manager, Geoff Pitman, said the path would tie in with a new playground being installed at the reserve and was being developed in collaboration with the school and Ngati Manuhiri.
“In winter, the ground is wet and boggy which makes access difficult. When complete, there will be year-round access to the playground and carpark,” he said.
“The path also creates a safe link from Hill Street into Warkworth town centre via the Sesquicentennial Walkway, taking pedestrians away from a busy road and intersection.”
The Sesquicentennial Walkway runs along the bank of the Mahurangi River south from The Bridgehouse bar and restaurant and passes under State Highway 1, where it can be accessed from Shoesmith Street.
The perimeter path is due to be completed in mid-April and the new play space by the end of May, subject to weather conditions and staff availability due to Covid-19.