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Ngati Ōtara Park welcome new cycle track

Media release
28 February 2013
Ngati Ōtara Park welcome new cycle track


Residents of Ōtara will today welcome a new cycle track to their recreational hub, Ngati Ōtara Park.

The cycle track will be officially opened during the Vodafone Warriors’ 2013 season launch carnival.

Ngati Ōtara Park is connected to Ōtara Town Centre, Manukau Institute of Technology and the residential end of Ōtara Rd adjacent to Ngati Otara Marae and Sir Edmund Hillary College, making it the perfect community hub.

Dedicated to providing accessible, quality and community facilities for its community, the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board invested $63,000 to construct the Ngati Ōtara cycle track in partnership with the Glenn Family Foundation and Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki.

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair John McCracken says, “We want our residents to take full advantage of the recreational facilities available to them.

“Recreational activities and facilities can help people learn, enhance their confidence and assist them to develop social networks and friendships,” he adds.

The board has allocated additional funding of $45,000 to repair part of the existing track, which will join the newly developed cycle track to create a 1.6km cycle/walkway.

To improve user safety, tree pruning will be undertaken to create better sight lines and viewing of those walking and cycling on the track.

This reserve attracts thousands of people of all ages during the weekends, especially in summer. Therefore, the local board is committed to maintain, refurbish, upgrade and renew the facilities to meet the ever-increasing demands of the community.

Rugby league, touch rugby, tag league, Kilikiti, netball and all sorts of informal recreation and leisure activities are played at Ngati Ōtara Park. In addition, there has been a number of new sports groups that have expressed interest in using the park in the future.

Ends

Opening event details:
Date: Thursday 28 February 2013
Location: Ngati Ōtara Park (in front of the Clubrooms)
Time: 4pm Pre-event entertainment
5pm Vodafone Warriors 2013 season launch carnival
5.30pm Official opening of Ngati Ōtara Park cycle track

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