Te Awamutu War Memorial Park bridge upgrades
We have installed four new bridges at the park, across the Mangaohoi Stream, at Shanel Place, the playground, and a bridge near the netball courts. The new footbridges will improve and re-establish pedestrian and cyclist access throughout the park.
The final part of the bridge upgrades is to install decorative panels on the bridges that have been designed in collaboration with mana whenua and the Te Awamutu Returned and Services Association (RSA). These are expected to be installed by October 2023.
The bridges are part of the wider plan for the park and also form important connections to the Pioneer Walkway, which runs from Te Ara Kihikihi to Te Awamutu College. This will also improve pedestrian, disability, mobility scooter, pushchairs and cycling access in the area and improve transport choices around town.
This work is part of the final War Memorial Concept Plan, adopted by the Strategic Planning and Policy Committee on 1 June 2021.
This work will reinstate the bridges crossing the Mangaohoi Stream, which commemorate the New Zealand Army (Papatūānuku), the Royal New Zealand Air Force (Ranginui) and the Royal New Zealand Navy (Tangaroa), and have been designed in collaboration with the Te Awamutu Returned and Services Association (RSA) and mana whenua.