Taruheru River cycle and walkway
The proposed development of the Taruheru River cycle and walkway will be an extension of the existing riverbank shared path that currently ends at Bright Street. The 4.5km shared path will be developed in stages from Bright Street to Campion Road.
April's council meeting agreed to proceed with extending the path between Bright Street up to Grey Street in the interim. A 140m concrete path from the end of the river walkway to Grey Street has been added. The shared path will help alleviate the ponding and mud issues that make the area slippery during the wet season. The cost of the path was $65k.
This is a major project in the 2015–2025 Long Term Plan with $2.85m allocated in 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.
The project is estimated at $6.8m, this means it will need to be considered as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP). Consultation on the LTP will begin in March 2018.
The proposed route
The proposed route is 4.5km long, 2.5km of concrete path with 2km of timber boardwalk with adjoining connections. For the most part a concrete path is able to utilise council owned esplanade and recreation reserve land.
Sections of a wooden boardwalk in the river mudflats, will keep the path away from private properties.
The proposed alignment is along the right bank of the Taruheru River from Bright Street to Stanley Road. The path then crosses the river on the Stanley Road footbridge where it follows the left bank of the river ending at the Campion Road footbridge.
The proposed path will travel through the Botanical Gardens, Atkinson Street Reserve and Nelson Park, with connections to neighbourhood reserves, sports clubs and schools.
Media release - April 2017