Great Lake Walkway upgrade
|June 23 2020: Final stretch of pathway project approaching|
This week sees the Great Lake Pathway project move onto Lake Terrace in the final step towards its completion. The last area of work is the almost kilometre stretch between the water treatment plant lookout, opposite the fire station, to Hot Water Beach, opposite Taharepa Reserve.
Construction on the Great Lake Walkway upgrade got under way in January 2020.
The upgraded section will be from the water treatment plant on Lake Terrace, opposite Rifle Range Road, to Kowhai Road at Rainbow Point.
The final costs of the project are $4,160,000 and cover widening and improving the walkway surface, addressing safety concerns, important erosion control work, and improved design that will reflect the values of local hapu.
The upgrade will provide significant long-term benefits for the community, our visitors, our lakefront environment and our economy.
The majority of funding for the upgrade will come from the 2018-2028 Long-Term Plan.
Benefits of the project
The widening of the path and erosion control works will create a more user-friendly experience for visitors and locals, accommodate an increase and changing use of our lakefront and enhance the cultural importance of this outstanding natural area.
We are working closely with local hapu and landowners on the lakefront and will also be adding design elements to reflect their values.
From the 2020 IRONMAN world championships event alone, which relies on an upgraded path to accommodate the number of participants competing, we will see $19.5 million brought into our district.
Access to the lakefront
We will be working to minimise disruption for users of the walkway, with alternative routes included where possible.
Timeframes and progress
The work will be completed in stages, beginning in January 2020 and is expected to be complete by October 2020 – weather permitting. The project was originally scheduled to be complete by August 2020 but has been pushed out due to the Level 4 lockdown and the subsequent delays this has caused.
The first section of the upgraded Great Lake Walkway - stretching from Rainbow Point to the Two Mile Bay boat ramp - was officially opened on March 3, 2020. A second section of path around Kaiwaka Point opened in mid-March 2020.
Media releases and updates
- Final stretch of pathway project approaching (June 23, 2020)
- First section of upgraded Great Lake Walkway opens (March 5, 2020)
- Great Lake Walkway upgrade gets underway (January 21, 2020)
- Great Lake Walkway upgrade gets underway next month (December 10, 2019)