Bothamley Park is centred around the main pathway that runs through the park.
It is three metres wide with a compacted gravel surface. Now it is called the Bothamley Pathway but is known to older residents of the City simply as the "Old Road".
In earlier maps of the City, this road was the access for farms in the area before the Housing NZ development occurred in the 1950's. It was referred to in maps as Takapu Road North and before that it was shown as Thompsons Road.
Today this old road provides a gentle access amongst the trees, up the valley besides the Kenepuru Stream. It connects most of the eastern suburbs to the City centre and railway station. The average gradient of the road from Ascot Park to the City centre is 1 in 40 which is very gentle which makes it perfect for walking, running and cycling.
Bothamley Park will be Porirua's second largest reserve at more than 107 hectares once all the reserve land from the Aotea subdivision is vested with Council.
The park has over 5kms of existing shared walk/cycle pathways, which form the main connections from Mepham Place to Warspite Avenue in Ascot Park. These are a gentle gradient and it is ideal for cyclists and pedestrians.
At one stage the eastern part of the park was earmarked as a potential highway corridor route.
New pathways, together with the existing walkways will provide a large recreational asset for Porirua that will provide walking and cycling links to the central city and rail station for residents of Rānui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua, Ascot Park, Whitby and Aotea.
Porirua City Council began a major parks project to develop Bothamley Park in 2010.
The park is going to be the second biggest reserve in the City at approximately 107 hectares which is over a million square metres and bigger than a square kilometre.
Porirua's weekly Parkrun event is held in Bothamley Park. This 5km run is part of an international series of runs held in parks around the world. It is a free event that gives participants the opportunity to take part in a timed, gentle graded run/walk through a park setting away from cars.
The event has been running since mid-winter in 2013 and is attracting on average 81 people every Saturday morning to do the run/walk. It starts in the Champion Street car park, at 8am every Saturday. Register online first to get your paper barcode. Many runners comment on how sheltered the park is from the wind due to the valley running east to west and the plentiful mature trees.