Levelling and sealing the old limestone path has opened up new opportunities for pram pushers, cyclists and the wheelchair-bound.
Department of Parks and Wildlife staff supervised the newly completed $470,000 eight-week project around Lake Joondalup in Yellagonga Regional Park.
While walkers have year-round use of the path, oblong turtles and western long-necked turtles will take precedence over cyclists in the peak egg-laying season, and when hatchlings make their way to the water.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said a temporary detour would direct cyclists to a path along Edgewater Drive on the park’s western boundary at these times.
‘The Friends of Yellagonga will monitor turtle activity and the Department of Parks and Wildlife will implement detours based on their advice,’ he said.
Mr Jacob, who began lobbying for the path’s upgrade as a Joondalup City councillor eight years ago, said the work had opened nature to the wider community.
The quality bushland area included jarrah, banksia woodland and melaleuca and was a significant Carnaby’s black cockatoo habitat.
Joondalup MLA Jan Norberger said Edgewater residents’ support of his 2013 election commitment to have the path sealed had paid off.
‘I received positive feedback from 158 households or almost 10 per cent of the whole suburb,’ he said.