Paths for the people
Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs
KCDC does some of its best work on off-road trails and beach access points.
The development of walkways and cycleways from Paekakariki to Otaki over the last 10 years has been greatly appreciated by thousands of Kapiti residents.
So it is good news that the present council is continuing to improve and repair the existing infrastructure.
Two recent examples are the Kaitawa Reserve bush walk and access to the beach from Arawa Street in Raumati.
Improving the Kaitawa boardwalk
The short jaunt through the bush across the upper Wharemauku Stream is one of the many off road delights on the inland side of the railway line.
There are two sections and both had become worn and slippery over the years.
Now, going south from near the scout den in the Kaitawa Reserve, there is a graded track leading on to a new non-slip bridge track.
There are also new railings and the overall result is an attractive and safer route across the stream through the bush.
This is in stark contrast with the second bridge which is rather tired with boards needing replacement.
No doubt improvements to this section will be on the KCDC agenda.
Arawa beach access
The severe storms of 2015 and 2016 severely damaged most beach access points, from the Wharemauku Stream in Raumati to the S bends at the south end of Marine Parade.
The sea wall at the stream mouth was washed away and was the first repair job undertaken by KCDC in Raumati.
Improved access to the beach at Tainui Street and Groves Road has now been completed, and the latest to be opened is from Arawa Street.
Previously there was just a narrow set of steps on to the sand, but now there is
~ a new section of wall with a handrail
~ a sloping concrete path off the beach
~ a seat above the wall with great views of the coastline and Kapiti Island.
The Council is to be congratulated on an excellent job in providing easy access which is functional and attractive.