The north end of the shared path at Ōrangihina-Harbourview Park never allowed easy walking or cycling access to Danica Esplanade and the Harbourview development to the east of Te Atatū Rd. We suggested “The missing Link” – a new path extension to join these up providing better access to the east side of Te Atatū Peninsula.
After the 2016 local elections, we asked the Henderson-Massey local board members to come for a bike ride with us. One thing we showed them was this missing link. NZTA were offering some compenstation funding, after having used part of the park for the motorway extension works, to be spent on parks, and some of this funding was used to build the missing link.
The missing link was built in June 2019 and we stepped in the prevent the Te Atatū Rd end having a 180 degree dog-leg join to the existing path, and to switch out the bollards originally installed for high-visibility ones suitable for shared paths.
The Danica Esplanade end of the path has a big step down to the road. We got the contractors to smooth this off a bit, but are not happy with it. This end should be replaced and/or a footpath extension should join the existing gaps so the missing link joins the footpath, including proper pram ramps. We will continue to pursue this.