Te Ara Kihikihi - The Kihikihi connection was completed in November 2017. The 4.5km trail connects Kihikihi and Te Awamutu and is part of Council's wider strategy to develop trails in the district.
The opening of the trail was celebrated with a community event on Saturday 18 November 2017. Over 200 people came along to try the trail, enjoy a coffee and a sausage, and have a free helmet and bike safety check.
- Limestone pathway on Golf Road completed
Programmed work for week commencing 9 October:
- Begin pathway on SH3
- Hydroseed exposed soil
- Chipseal pavement and driveway
- Complete boardwalk bridge construction
So far, we've :
- completed the Park Road boardwalk
- started the final layer of the limestone pathway
- completed stormwater work
- installed wheelstops and linemarking in Albert Park.
Up next we're:
- completing the final limestone layer
- begining to prep the pathway on SH3
- hydroseed any exposed soil.
The pathway is on track to be finished early November.
Currently we're focusing on:
- Continuing to concrete the footpath down Park Road.
- Completing to concrete the section in Kihikihi.
- Completing the stormwater section around the Flat Road bend.
- Starting stormwater structure (chamber) construction at Golf and Flat Road intersection.
Concrete laid on Park Road.
Culvert on Flat Road.
31 July-1 August 2017
This week we're:
- Continuing concrete footpath preperation down Park Road.
- Completing the concrete section in Kihikihi.
- Starting the stormwater culvert installation along Flat Road.
24-28 July 2017
This week we're continuing down Park Road and carrying on footpath work on Flat Road from Herbert Street.
Here's some progress shots:
17-21 July 2017
Last week we completed the Albert Park boardwalk construction, built a new fence on Park Road and started the concrete pathway on Flat Road. This week we're:
- Tidying up work in Albert Park.
- Continuing work on Flat Road and installing a stormwater system.
- Constructing a stormwater culvert in Park Road.
10-14 July 2017
Work is progressing well! This week we're:
- Completing the concrete section on Park Road.
- Completing the boardwalk section in Albert Park.
- Starting the section from Herbert Street towards Golf Road.
Here's some progress shots:
Albert Park pathway
Albert Park entrance from Park Road
3-7 July 2017
- Complete concrete section in Albert Park and progress onto Park Road.
- Complete boardwalk section.
12-30 June 2017
- Work is underway at Albert Park - the team are widening the existing footpath with concrete on either side. When finished it will be 2.5m wide.
- Once the Albert Park section is complete, we'll move onto Park Road.
Waipa already has a number of key cycling and walking trails. In 2015, the community indicated it strongly supported further investment in cycleways and walkways. Council adopted a strategic framework to guide ongoing investment in trails - the focus for the 2016/17 financial year is on the western side of the district (Te Awamutu, Kihikihi and Pirongia).
The first section to get underway is the Te Awamutu to Kihikihi trail.
What is confirmed
A new 4.5km trail is being built from Te Awamutu's Albert Park Drive to Herbert Street in Kihikihi where signage will direct users to the Kihikihi Domain and town centre.
The trail will be 2.5m wide and will be concrete in urban areas and crushed limestone in rural areas.
Other supporting works, such as drainage, fencing, landscape planting and construction of a wooden footbridge are also part of the works
An artist impression of an urban section of the trail with concrete paths.
An artist impression of a rural section of the trail with crushed limestone paths.
Work started on Friday 9 June. The project is being completed by DNS Civil Group Ltd.
The estimated cost is $600,000. This spend is part of $1.25 million allocated this financial year for cycleways and walkways linking Te Awamutu with Kihikihi and Pirongia.
Media release: New trail route confirmed