News that work on the second and final stage of the pathway from Maclean Park along the Paraparaumu beachfront has started, has been welcomed by the Chair of the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board, Louella Jensen.
"The first stage gets a lot of use and is very popular with locals and tourists and it's great that the funding difficulties have been overcome and development of the second stage can now go ahead," she said.
The joint project is funded by Kapiti Coast District Council and the Kapiti Coast Rotary Pathways Trust with a very welcome contribution from the Lion Foundation which has allowed the full project to be completed in this area.
The project cost is $100,000 and the work is expected to take five to six weeks.
Earthworks can be undertaken in wet weather, while concreting needs dry conditions making the length of the project weather dependent.
The new piece of pathway starts at the Toru Road car park and extends to the Tahi Road beach access, a distance of 375 metres.
The pathway will be similar in look and quality to the first stage although it will be narrower towards the southern end because there is less room.
Two pohutukawa trees which are in poor condition will be removed, however additional suitable native planting will occur to stabilise the sand in the exposed areas and improve the health of the dunes.
Beach front residents have been advised of the start of construction.