Alfred Cox Cycle and Walkway
The 1.6km 3 metre wide Alfred Cox cycle and walkway was officially opened on 19 December 2013. Awapuni School children performed a powhiri to welcome visitors over the new pedestrian bridge and Mayor Meng Foon cut the ribbon.
There is access to the walkway from Anzac Street. A timber arch bridge across the Waikanae Stream connects the park to Awapuni School. Seating areas on the pathway include one at the magnificent fig tree on Anzac Street, thought to be the largest in the region.
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May 2014 - car parks installed on Anzac Street, seats installed at 3 areas, titoki tress planted around the bridge
19 December 2013 - Officially opened
4 December 2013 - Pedestrian timber bridge installed across Waikanae Creek
November - Construction started on the new pedestrian bridge. Contract was awarded to Bridge It NZ
September - Construction has started. The contract awarded to Earthwork Solutions
September - Tenders called for the new bridge
August 2013 - Tenders called for cycle and walkway construction
May 2013 - resource consent granted. Detailed design drawings are underway.
May 2013 - timber arch bridge approved for the Waikanae Creek crossing
March 2013 - resource consent application lodged.
Cost and timeframes
Cost: $814k - NZTA provided $400k, Council spent $414k
Construction - Completed Dec 2013.
Awapuni School had requested a pedestrian bridge to cross Waikanae Creek since 1992. The school is on a busy logging truck route and safety has been a growing concern. The school’s role has increased from 114 students in 1992 to 450 students in recent years. The new cycle and walkway has a bridge crossing Waikanae Creek so students can get to school from Anzac Street. This helped reduce traffic congestion on Awapuni Road. The New Zealand Transport Agency recognised the need for this safety improvement and contributed $400,00 towards the project. Awapuni School also contributed. Parking spaces were installed on Anzac Street near the entrance to the walkway.