Progress on Coastal Pathway Beachville section

A bit of good news just before Xmas with progress on the design for another part of the Chch Coastal Pathway. The Beachville Rd section in Redcliffs (between McCormacks Bay and the Redcliffs shops) has been endorsed by the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board.

Locality of the Beachville section of the Coastal Pathway (in blue)
Locality of the Beachville section of the Coastal Pathway (in blue)

Initial designs were reviewed at a community workshop back in September. About 200 submissions from the local community were also considered by the Community Board.

Concept drawing of the Coastal Pathway
Concept drawing of the Coastal Pathway

The concept design largely comprises a 4m-wide shared asphalt pathway, although at the western end there is also a boardwalk section. At regular intervals there are also lookout platforms into the estuary. For the interim at least, the pathway doesn’t completely follow the shoreline, running along Beachville Rd in front of the coastline properties there.

Western end of pathway (apologies for low resolution)
Western end of pathway (apologies for low resolution)

At the eastern end, the pathway also incorporates a kids bike/scooter skills park, which received a lot of support from submitters.

Eastern part of the pathway (bike skills area in pink)
Eastern part of the pathway (bike skills area in pink)

The final engineering design plans for the Beachville section can now be completed. Funding of the actual works ($20 million cost for the whole 6.5km pathway, included associated works) are still contingent on the Coastal Pathway Group fundraising to meet the half share not currently budgeted by the City Council. So it may still be a few years away before you can ride on this.

Typical cross-section of the pathway and bike skills area
Typical cross-section of the pathway and bike skills area

Are you looking forward to the Coastal Pathway?

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