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Walkway/Cycleway Boardwalk Upgrade

Starting to put on the decking for the boardwalk extension project 2009.Planning Started: May 2008
Construction Started: June 2008
Completed: November 2008

Widening the coastal boardwalk between Spriggs Park and the Perfume Point carpark is the most recent development in the Napier walkway/cycleway network.

The 300m raised boardwalk has more than doubled in width - from 1.8m to 4m - to accommodate cyclists and allow more "wander room" for walkers.

The wider boardwalk also aligns with the new stretch of walkway/cycleway extending the length of the park.

Grip-tread timber boards were chosen for the boardwalk to give better skid resistance in wet and frosty conditions. To avoid cupping, the boards were nailed down using 15cm bridge spikes specially designed for the purpose.

The access point alongside Hot Chick has been improved, and a strip of existing garden removed at the western end of the public carpark to give cyclists and walkers a traffic-free link between the beach and Hardinge Road.

On the seaward side, a low wide stepdown maximises the sand volleyboard area.

Funded by New Zealand Transport (formerly Land Transport New Zealand), the Rotary Pathway Trust and the Napier City Council, the new boardwalk has a more curved design to suit cyclists and to better integrate the design into the beachscape.

Boardwalk Project Images

Completed boardwalk extension project 2009. Completed boardwalk extension 2009. Curved timber construction for the boardwalk extension project 2009. Starting to put on the decking for the boardwalk extension project 2009. Some of the decking completed for the boardwalk extension project 2009. View of the piles and installing the decking for the boardwalk extension project 2009. Earthworks completed and ready to start construction of the boardwalk extension project 2009. Aerial view of the upgraded boardwalk at perfume point. Aerial view of the upgraded boardwalk at Perfume Point.

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