The Narrabeen Lagoon Trail has opened, providing an iconic tourist facility for the northern beaches with maximum accessibility and minimum disruption to the environment.
The first completed section runs between Deep and Middle Creek. It provides an extensive boardwalk over environmentally sensitive sections of the foreshore and a bridge spanning Deep Creek. The boardwalk won the prestigious NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure’s Sydney Greenspace Award. The second stage was completed in 2012 and provided improvements to Middle Creek Reserve. It boasts a safer entry from Wakehurst Parkway, a new watercraft launch bay, dedicated car and trailer parking spaces, new barbeques, signage, shelters, picnic facilities and improved access for the disabled. The final section, known as 2B, was completed in Febraury 2015 and runs adjacent to the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation and the Cromer Golf Club. It includes two steel bridges over Middle Creek and Deep Creek.
The trail is partly funded by a $4 million grant from the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects.
The NSW State Government has also contributed via the Department of Planning and Infrastructure Metropolitan Greenspace Program ($370,000); the Office of Environment and Heritage Estuary Management Program ($158,750); and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services for Deep Creek Bridge ($478,000) and boating facilities for the Stage 2A Middle Creek Reserve upgrades ($127,333).