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Marine Parade Coastal Path

Marine Parade Coastal Path

We are considering how a popular and significant area of the Marine Parade reserve could be further enhanced.

In March 2021 the commissioners approved an investigation into the feasibility, including consenting and cost issues for an extension of the Marine Parade boardwalk from the Cenotaph to the Oceanbeach Road roundabout. This project was then included in the 2021-31 Long-term Plan.

Since March we have been preparing initial concepts for public consideration. They have been prepared working alongside hapū representatives to ensure the cultural integrity of the surrounding area is acknowledged and respected. This area forms part of the long and rich history of Tauranga Moana, so we want to make sure this is given the mana it deserves.

Scenic viewpoint concept illustration

Pathway concept illustration

On the map below you will see the proposed route of a path. The path is envisaged to be a mixture of different surfaces including timber, concrete and metal subject to its location. It may also vary in width as illustrated in the images. We want to include lookout areas with information on the area’s heritage and key features. We want to enhance access to the beach while also protecting the adjoining sand dunes and natural vegetation. 

Marine Parade Coastal map

Marine Coastal path map (61kb pdf)

To help bring this consultation to life, council is installing an award-winning art installation created by local designers and manufacturers. Gifted to council, it has most recently been exhibited in the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail north of Auckland and will be placed for the duration of consultation in the reserve area between Pacific Avenue and Banks Avenue.

The nohonga provides seating and paints a picture of how this area could possibly be utilised in the future.

As part of this installation there will be examples of paving materials considered for the proposed pathway that the public can give feedback on. An open day will be held onsite on 22 January 2022 for the public to ask the project team any questions.

Your feedback on these ideas is key in determining the way forward.

Feedback on the coastal path concept design is open from 17 December 2021 until 31 January 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Enhancing the overall experience of the area by improving the ability for pedestrians, cyclists, scooter riders, other multimodal users and disabled members of our community, to travel along the length of the reserve area as well as cross the road and move down to the beach.

We are proposing that the main path be made up of a mixture of timber, metal decking and concrete paths between 3-5m wide. You can see some of the proposed materials in person at the reserve area between Pacific Avenue and Banks Avenue.

Some meeting points might have larger areas of paving along with other facilities such as BBQ, seating, showers, and additional toilet and changing rooms. The main path will also include new seating and look out areas with information display boards.

The whenua and moana surrounding the area contain a long and rich history for local hapū which must be respected and considered. We have been working closely with with hapū representatives to ensure the mana and history of the area is recognised and where appropriate, expressed in the design elements and information.

This project centres on creating a formalised beachside route and experience along Marine Parade from the Cenotaph to the Oceanbeach Road roundabout. This is a continuation of the existing Main Beach boardwalk, which was constructed in 1999.

Community consultation over 20 years including for neighbouring projects such as Innovating Streets has affirmed support for an experience in this area that improves access, safety, and overall experience for the community. It is also desirable to protect and enhance the natural environment to ensure it is sustainable on a long-term basis and want to ensure an appropriate range of quality facilities are provided along the reserve.

We want to acknowledge the cultural and historic connections of the reserve in a meaningful and significant manner to enhance the overall experience of the area.

Community engagement on the draft concepts is between 17 December 2021 and 31 January 2022. A resource consent application will be prepared in March 2022 and subject to acceptance, construction is planned to begin near the end of 2022.

Due to the holiday season, only sections are likely to be completed before Christmas 2022 with the path and accompanying facilities completed in the first quarter of 2023.

As part of public engagement, an information board and display of possible materials and design solutions has been installed in the reserve area between Pacific Avenue and Banks Avenue. This includes a temporary display, an award-winning art installation created by local designers and manufacturers that has most recently been exhibited in the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail north of Auckland.

The nohonga which has been gifted for the duration of engagement, provides seating and paints a picture of how this area could possibly be utilised in the future. It will be removed on completion of the engagement.

An open day will be held onsite on Saturday, 22 January 2022 for the public to ask the project team any questions from 10am to 3pm.

Most of the paths and gathering areas will be located within the existing reserve areas. However, in one or two locations a very limited number of carparks may need to be removed to improve pedestrian crossing points and also ensure the whole route achieves universal access for everyone. The total impact (loss) is expected to be less than 3% of existing carparking spaces.

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Feedback on the coastal path concept design closes 31 January 2022.

Timeline

  • Commissioners approve investigation into feasibility, consenting and cost for the project

    March 2021
  • LTP approval

    July 2021
  • Feedback opens

    17 December 2021
  • Feedback closes

    31 January 2022
  • Feedback reviewed

    February 2022
  • Final concept design

    March 2022
  • Commissioner review

    March 2022
  • Lodging resource consent application

    late March/early April 2022
  • Detail design

    April to September 2022
  • Construction begins

    Late 2022
  • Fully completed

    Late 2023

Community open day

When: Saturday 22 January 2022
Where: The reserve area between Pacific Avenue and Banks Avenue
Time: 10am – 3pm

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Feedback on the coastal path concept design closes 31 January 2022.

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