Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall with son George (2) at Walton Park ain Fairfield. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
An innovative bike track in native bush and a wetland view
will attract people to the upgraded Walton Park, Saddle Hill
Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall says.
Mr Weatherall said after the upgrade the park at Fairfield
would become a ''go-to'' destination for Dunedin residents.
The work should be finished this year and would include a
walking track, and a children's bike track among a large area
of newly planted native bush, he said.
The track would have an elevated starting platform and with
minimal pedalling, a cyclist could ''glide'' around the
course by using the initial momentum and leaning.
''For little people, it is really going to advance their
capability on a bike.''
A recent community board workshop with Fairfield School
pupils revealed the children wanted ''decent toilets, a bike
track and a flying fox'' in the upgrade.
''We're pretty hopeful we are going to get all those,'' Mr
The toilet block renovation would include a mural painting,
A second mountain biking track would be constructed near the
sports fields, he said.
The large pine trees removed behind the sports field resulted
in new fencing being installed to stop sports balls going
down the hill towards the road to the Fairfield landfill.
A new walkway at the back of the sports field would expose
views of the wetlands at Kaikorai Estuary, he said.