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Many people who walk or cycle through West Hawthorn will be aware of the very useful underpass at the Wallen Rd Bridge. This underpass provides a means of crossing under Wallen Rd rather than trying to cross this very busy road or detouring the considerable distance to the nearest traffic lights. It provides a pleasant off-road link between Morang Reserve and Wallen Rd Reserve, which in turn connects to Fairview Park.
There's just one snag. At present, on the south side, access to the Leonda car park is via a garden bed with rock edges. This makes for a rough ride for those on wheels, whether on bikes or in prams, and is not ideal even for walkers.
The BUG has been making representations to Council about this problem for some years. Our suggested solution was a path through the garden bed to the Leonda car park. A minor adjustment to parking spaces would also be required.
Plan as of Nov 2008
The route would follow the fuchsia colored route. This route is a good result. It's good for cyclists, walkers and would meet DDA standards. The associated landscaping will be good for Leonda. Rather than confronting an ugly carpark, patrons will be able to make use of a nicely landscaped pathway. Great for a quick romantic walk down to the park for Leonda's dinner guests.
Old plan - early 2008
The solution previously proposed by Council was to run a path up to Wallen Rd beside the small electricity substation. This would work well for those intending to head west towards the city. However those heading to Wallen Reserve and Fairview Park would be directed along the Wallen Rd footpath, past the Leonda entrance and on to the eastern side of the car park, then another path leading south to Wallen Reserve. Refer to the route in red on the map.
For more information please look at BBUG's pdf.
If the path were to traverse the car park entrance, we would like to see an appropriate path treatment used. See this example. However a simpler solution maybe about 5 metres of bitumen put down and a single pram ramp!