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Last modified: 01 Mar 2022 1:44pm

A wooden cycle path on cleared ground at Springs Park

Work on a new 22-hectare park in the Springs Reserve has passed a milestone with the first building being installed on site.

The reserve on Birchs Road between Prebbleton and Lincoln will feature a new dog park, sports fields, carparking, wilderness areas and bike tracks and be constructed in stages over the next five years.

This will include construction of numerous off-road and sealed bike tracks, complete with jumps and a snake run. The tracks will be a similar style to those at Bottle Lake Forest.

The first bike tracks and buildings have begun to be installed with a new toilet block installed on the site last week and wooden tracks progressing on as part of the first 10-hectare area of the park.

That first stage, including three full and one half-sized sports fields and a fenced dog park, is expected to open to the public in spring 2022. The dog park will have an area set aside for small dogs.

The next steps for the project will include beginning to install lighting for the sports fields and completing the bike tracks for the area.

The second stage of building starting next year will see the development of changing rooms, public toilets and the main car park for the park, and is expected to be open in mid-2023. The final stage, an eight-hectare area, will be developed in around five years’ time and the total cost of the reserve is expected to be $13.6 million.

The reserve will bring additional sports ground and reserve space to the Springs Ward, to meet the Council requirement for park space per head of population in the ward over the next decade.