The strategy envisions the city centre being a key feature within a series of recreation and pathway loops. The popularity of the Te Henui and the Coastal Walkway have proven that simple pathways and recreational links are popular. Amplifying their use and interlinking various corridors and pathways will create loops that can intersect the city centre to encourage people to stop and linger.
Supporting the proposed multi-sport hub and to encourage movement to the city during events, it’s proposed that an accessible path is created that is clear, safe and supports active modes of transport from the entrance of Pukekura Park at the cricket ground through to the racecourse and TSB Stadium and proposed Multi-sports hub site. Elements of existing pathways are already in place through the park, and minor upgrades and new paths in sections could make a clearer link between the city and the racecourse and sports hub. Consideration to access up Gover Street should also be given.
To promote active modes of transport, recreation and family activities within the city centre and its fringes, the ability to cycle through Pukekura Park could enhance this experience. Dedicated or shared paths through the park could easily be formed to link to Brooklands, Welbourn, Vogeltown and other cycle and path networks. This would further increase the likelihood of people cycling along the green links into the city centre. This will be considered in the review of the Pukekura Park Reserve Management Plan that currently does not allow cycling in the park.
Linking existing recreation loops and feeding them through the city centre will further lift footfall through the city, particularly on weekends and by visitors. One easily achievable loop would be to connect the Te Henui and Huatoki walkways via Pukekura Park, the raceway and proposed sports hub, New Plymouth Boys High and Te Henui Cemetery. Pathways are largely in place, but better road crossings, wayfinding signage and promotion of the loop are required. The connection should emulate the popular walkways of the Te Henui including use by cyclists. The loop could allow people to filter through the city or link through the city centre to the Coastal Walkway via the green links.
Some recreational links can be achieved quickly with limited investment. Identify quick and temporary safety upgrades and crossing points within roadways to support any loops. Longer term upgrades can follow as necessary.
Work with collaborators through the review of the Pukekura Park Reserve Management Plan to establish the viability of new pathways and the reclassification of suitable paths within Pukekura Park to enable cycling and new links.
Promote the established loops and new links to show people attending the events easy walking links from the city centre to the Bowl, TSB Stadium and future sports hub.
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