Desire lines

July - October

Haig Park Experiments is exploring a variety of simple and effective improvements to desire lines in Haig Park such as path treatments, lighting, and signage. Desire lines (also referred to as desire paths) are worn tracks which generally represent a shorter or easier route created by pedestrians.

Place plan theme: Linkages
'To strengthen connections into and within the park.'

Dates:
July - October

Location:
Various

Observation:
Desire lines can be found throughout Haig Park representing key transit routes for its users. Some of the paths are degraded due to weather and other factors which is particularly challenging for users with varying mobility needs. In other areas, paths are dark and walking may feel unsafe.

Hypothesis:
Improved surface and lighting of desire lines can improve protection for tree roots while improving the user experience and safety.

Favourable outcomes

Increased footfall, improved public perception and safety.

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‘Desire lines ’ news


Desire lines / Desire lines update
Monday, 15 July 2019 .
As with the running track experiment, the Turner Scouts have been engaged to help install light-touch improvements to make the desire lines in Haig Park even more attractive and useable. 

Desire lines / Desire line 1 @ between Greenway and Masson streets, Turner: co-located with Dog Walking Experiment.
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 .
We will trial mulching the existing desire line to test the impact of more defined and improved pathways. The path will also be lit – for more information, see Lighting (Formal) Experiment.