We want to know what you think
The pathway has been developed from what we have heard from the community over a number of years, and we want to check in with you now to make sure we're on the right track.
We have a short survey for you to complete to tell us what you think about this project. The survey closes on Sunday 27 November and will take about 2 minutes to complete.
Take the survey
Please let us know what additional features you would like us to consider for the final design. Most of these additions will be built in stage two of the project but it's important we start planning for them now.
These features could include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Picnic tables
- More dune (ecological) planting
- Formal car parking areas
- Drinking fountains
- Play along the way elements
- Exercise equipment
- Rubbish bins
- Doggie bag dispensers.
Key features of the shared pathway
The mostly gravel pathway will make walking and cycling safer next to Pāpāmoa Beach Road and further enhances this reserve space.
The pathway provides ample width, with the 3.5m wide pathway designed to fit four people walking alongside each other, or two people going each way.
There will be rest spaces with some timber decking and seating that will align with the side streets and where people are walking from. Two larger ‘activity hub’ spaces are proposed where there would be more space for picnics and food trucks etc.
The pathway will feature signage that shares the stories and history of mana whenua giving people the opportunity to reconnect and engage with this area of cultural significance. Bringing this reserve space to life will support the ecological balance of the dunes while also connecting the community.
The project will happen over two stages and outlined below are the details of each stage.
Stage one features: (funding committed)
- Pathway between Pāpāmoa Domain and Parton Road Beach access.
- New public toilets in the open space area (Activity Hub) opposite Parton Road as well as a drinking fountain and seating.
- Pedestrian crossing points on Pāpāmoa Beach Road, located near Douglas Place, Alexander Place and Grant Place to facilitate safer walking and cycling.
- Signage that tells some of the history of the area
- Some additional features as guided by community feedback (limited due to budget)
Stage two features: (subject to funding)
- Pathway from Parton Road to Taylor Reserve
- Lookout areas
- Further upgrades to the facilities and amenities along the full pathway (as guided by community feedback)
Looking to the future
Pāpāmoa shared pathway masterplan (9.3mb pdf)
The Pāpāmoa Shared Pathway masterplan provides a vision for the reserve and considers key access areas and opportunities to link up to a network of shared paths and cycleways in the area and wider region.
Funding has been secured for Stage one, while all other proposals in the masterplan will be conditional to funding in Stage two. Community feedback will also guide the direction of this masterplan and future investment decisions.
Protecting our dunes
While investing in the coastal reserve, we also want to support our dune restoration work, alongside Coast Care.
As part of the pathway’s construction, ground planting with native dune species will be included to support the restoration of the dunes. This will not only support the ecology of the dunes, but also encourage the public to use existing formal paths through the dunes and discourage the creation of new paths.
The dunes are a significant ecological area, and in addition to hosting some rare plant species, they also protect our Pāpāmoa community as the climate changes and sea levels rise.
The dunes hold significant importance to Ngā Pōtiki and Waitaha iwi, who have collected food, played, and battled over these dunes for the last 700 years.