The final stage of Napier’s popular pathways network is now open.
For 20 years Napier City Council and Rotary Pathways Trust have worked together to create the network. This section of Maggie’s Way in Taradale, officially opened today, is the last joint project resulting from the partnership.
Council staff, trustees and other Rotary members from the Dolbel Reserve planting group attended the opening, following the stage’s blessing.
The network is a good example of the type of easily accessible and affordable experiences the city has to offer, says Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise.
“Napier has some fantastic outdoor spaces, which includes the pathways. We are lucky to have had this partnership between the trust and Council, which over time has had such a great outcome for the city,” she says.
Trust chair Barbara Arnott paid tribute to everybody who had helped the trust achieve its goals, including the late Basil McCoward. His generous bequest provided the initial funding for Maggie’s Way, named in honour of his late wife, Margaret, who had been a keen walker.
“The collaboration between the community and Council has been wonderful, especially when you see the number of locals and visitors alike using the network. We can hang up our trust hats with a sense of accomplishment.”
The first section of Maggie’s Way was completed in 2016. The approximately 3.5km pathway stretches from Otatara Pa, near Te Pukenga (EIT) in Taradale, to Tironui Drive.
The first of the trust’s projects was the pathway from Bay View to Westshore.
The clubs involved have been the Rotary clubs of Ahuriri, Ahuriri Sunrise, Greenmeadows, Napier, and Taradale.