2 March 2019
A new multi-use path is taking shape along Reeme Street Reserve in Ngongotaha.
The 2.5 metre wide lime chip path that connects to the Ngongotaha cycleway is part of Rotorua’s CyWay programme.
Feedback from local residents, including a petition from people in the area, highlighted the need for an upgrade in the reserve which included strong support for the installation of a multi-use path.
The lime-chip surface similar to what has been used to construct the new path within Hamurana reserve, is compacted to a solid foundation so it can be used by wheeled devices like bikes, scooters and wheelchairs but retains the natural character of the lakeside reserve.
The first stage of construction includes:
- The multi-use path which connects the stream to the Reeme Street boat ramp and carpark.
- Removal of the old wooden bollards at the lake end of Parone Street and the addition of restrictor bars.
- Removal of the gate at the carpark end and replacing it with restrictor bars that are accessible for people using mobility devices
- Resealing the carpark at the Reeme Street boat ramp and landscaping.
- Mobility access to stream edge for people fishing
Stage 1 of the upgrade is on track to be finished in the next few days with contractors moving to the second stage – Reeme Street car park to Taui Street – by the end of the week.
All going well the work will be complete by mid-March.
Work on the Western Heights (Schools Link) has started with contractors focussing on a short but key link to the rear entrance of Western Heights High School.
Steeles Lane was identified by the community as a popular route for students biking to and from Western Heights High School and the CyWay team have prioritised this section in the next programme of works.
Letters have been sent out to properties on Steeles Lane and contractors will be speaking to residents prior to any work taking place that will affect the area directly outside their properties.
While the work is carried out, traffic management will be in place so motorists may experience minor delays during work hours.
All going to plan, the Steeles Lane project is expected to be completed by 30 April.
The aim of the Western Heights (Schools Link) project is to create safe walking/biking connections to seven schools in the area that cater to more than 3000 students. The long-term goal is to link Pukehangi Road to Fairy Springs Road via a shared path along Clayton Road.
The section from Clayton to Old Quarry was completed in 2018 and included safety improvements to Thomas Crescent and the rear entrance of Western Heights Primary School.
Streamside shared paths
Upgrades to two streamside paths that will connect Rotorua’s western suburbs to the inner city are in the near future.
Resource consent has been granted to upgrade the existing paths that run alongside the Utuhina and Mangakakahi streams.
These projects are two of the off-road shared facilities within the 11 part CyWay programme. The existing paths will be upgraded to improve surfaces for different users and widen the space to allow for two-way traffic.
Council’s CyWay and Parks and Reserves teams are working on a plan for both projects and some minor works will take place prior to full works starting later this year.
A large part of these projects has been working with local community groups and affiliated iwi to ensure that any upgrades will meet environmental outcomes and will enhance the natural amenities along each stream.