Work is now underway, and is expected to be completed by early February. This is later than originally scheduled, and is due to continuously wet weather through Spring and unforeseen circumstances with the power source to the park.
What’s being done
The scope of the upgrade is to create a safe and welcoming car park and entrance for all users. Works planned include:
- developing an improved spatial layout with safer and additional parking
- creating a wide bypass track through the car park
- two new toilets and a shower
- a larger bike wash area
- a gathering area at the Koru Bridge entrance.
Proposed general arrangement of the Makara Peak car park (1.1MB PDF)
Access and track closures
While work is underway, we encourage you to enter the park via St Albans Avenue, Allington Street or Makara Road. For your safety and the safety of the workers on site, please respect the work zones and don’t enter areas that are closed to the public.
The work will be carried out in two phases, which will help to reduce disruption for people using the park. Phase one will focus on the southern end of the main entrance and will involve closing the bike wash, shelter and toilet, and the area down to Koru Bridge.
During phase one, northern end (mostly the existing car park area and exit out to it) will remain open. There will also be a temporary route into Koru Bridge from the south of the bridge. We will try to keep these areas open as much as possible, but they may need to be closed from time as the works progress.
Based on the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Master Plan, the main purpose of this upgrade is to support the foreseen growth and future use of the mountain bike park as a regional destination.
The plan also notes the importance of the entrance area being able to function as hub for visitors to the Peak. It recognises the importance of sense of place, specifically the natural setting the park sits within. This idea of ‘sense of place’ is something the plan sets out to enhance.
For more information, please contact:
David Halliday – Parks, Sport and Recreation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit the Makara Peak MTB Supporters Facebook page.