LATEST NEWS: Surface trial for Community Feedback
The current route along the Esplanade to Point Kean seal colony has a number of path quality deficiencies that make it unsuitable for prams, wheelchairs and those with mobility challenges. It is also unsuitable for more active users such as skaters or skateboarders who all need a smooth surface. The final surfaces will need to address all these problems to ensure it is accessible and can be enjoyed by everyone.
We are currently assessing a number of surfaces and are looking forward to presenting some options to the community for feedback in the coming weeks. We will be developing a trial section of pathway and will be asking for the community’s feedback to help decide on the final surface.
Progress to date
Key work completed to date includes:
2022 Consultation with various groups and stakeholders. Feedback considered in design development and project objectives.
2022 Resource Consent submitted for Stage 1 and approval received
2022 Invitation Expressions of Interest from local contractors
2023 Site enabling works
- Norfolk Pine tree shaping and check up
- Stormwater outlets installed
- Hedge removal at sections of the pathway to open up viewpoints
2023 Engineering reports & Quantity Survey completed.
2023 Erosion assessment of pathway lengths along foreshore after very large sea during Cyclone Gabrielle. Some amendments to initial design made to future proof against extreme weather events.
2023 Dempsey’s Track & The Lookout Upgrades
Dempsey's Track has benefitted from a number of upgrades.
- Track widened to restore it to its original width, as sections of the track had become quite narrow over time due to encroaching vegetation.
- New steps have been installed to soften the gradient in one section and some of the existing steps are being repaired.
- New benches have been installed to allow more resting at key points of the track and to encourage a pause to take in the fantastic views.
- Drainage channels cleared at the side of the track to minimise future water damage.
- Old man's beard and banana passionfruit vines were also removed last year with help from the Volunteer Student Army from Canterbury University and Vines Free Kaikōura.
- A general tidy up and beautification of the track is currently in progress
The Lookout - The improvement schedule for the coming months also includes resealing of the Lookout entrance and parking.
Next steps from here include:
- Pathway Surface Community Input - We are finalising designs for stage 1 of the pathway. We will be trialling some surfaces in the coming weeks and will be asking for the community’s feedback to help decide on the final surfaces. Look out for details of the trial on Council’s Facebook and website.
- Stage 2 Design & Resource Consent – We are finalising the design for Stage 2 of the pathway which stretches from the end of Torquay Street to Point Kean and will be submitting a resource consent application soon.
- Continued opportunities for input - As the project continues to develop, we will also be asking the community for feedback on ideas for special areas along the route, furniture and finishes, as well as picking up the conversation with regard to opportunities for cultural narrative and public artwork. Will Doughty CEO commented, “We need to be very mindful that the project funding was obtained purely for development of the pathway itself and that some of these additional ideas will need to developed and funded overtime.”