Piper’s Park Track, Nelson’s newest shared pathway was officially opened today by Nelson City Councillor Matt Lawrey. Addressing a gathering of track enthusiasts, Councillor Lawrey who lives nearby, spoke of his passion for community parks and of the recreational and social benefits they provide. He praised Victory Community Centre and the Nelson Mountain Bike Club for initiating the idea of the track and acknowledged both the commitment of Nelson City Council and the design and construction skills of Nelmac, in making it a reality.
Running between Emano St and Princes Dr, the brief provided to Nelmac from Council asked for a track that would be equally suited to walking and cycling, and would also work for a parent pushing a toddler in a buggy. In spite of the tricky terrain, the highly technical design and high quality construction in the resulting link has met the brief and is a credit to all involved.
With the track in place and the many native and riparian plants (largely planted by schools, community groups and Nelmac) now flourishing across the site, Pipers Park has been transformed from a pine clad hillside into a community asset for all to enjoy.
See Nelson Mail coverage of the opening here.