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Coastal Pathway work gets under way

Wednesday, October 17, 2018   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: transport, recreation, walking, cycling

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 16th October 2018

Construction on the next section of Christchurch’s popular Coastal Pathway is about to start.

People using the Coastal Pathway.The new 780-metre section of pathway between Shag Rock and the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club will take about a year to build.

A drop-in session to show some of the key features of the work will be held from 2pm to 6pm on Thursday 18th October at the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club.

Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group Funding Co-ordinator Kirsty Rueppell says the next stage starting is a much needed step toward regaining some momentum.

"We are keen to see progress as it’s a key asset for our city and an untapped tourism point of difference for visitors, not only nationally, but from abroad.

"The recreational component is already well utilised and future events will enhance this.”

The work will get under way on Tuesday 23rd October, and will involve building a coastal protection rock wall with a four-metre wide shared asphalt pathway on top of it. Access to Sumner Beach from the pathway will be reinstated at Shag Rock, as well as at several other locations along the route.

The pathway will transition down at the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club to a wooden boardwalk at beach level.

“This section of the path involves reinstating the beach access at Shag Rock, planting native species alongside the pathway and sand dune stabilisation near the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club," says Christchurch City Council Transport Planning and Delivery Manager Lynette Ellis.

“During construction of the pathway part of the carpark next to the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club will be closed to the public because our contractors will need to use that area to store their equipment and the rocks they will be using to create the rock wall. However, as part of the final stages of this project the car park will be upgraded to provide a better facility." Ms Ellis says.

The Coastal Pathway will stretch for 6.5 kilometres when fully completed - from Ferrymead Bridge through to Scarborough.

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