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Children of the Thames Early Childhood Centre used the Thames Coastal Walkway this week as a safe way to post their letter to Santa. Children of the Thames Early Childhood Centre used the Thames Coastal Walkway this week as a safe way to post their letter to Santa. CREDIT: infonews.co.nz
Thames resident Bernie Brennan enjoys a walk with his neighbour’s dog Tess on the Thames Coastal Walkway Thames resident Bernie Brennan enjoys a walk with his neighbour’s dog Tess on the Thames Coastal Walkway CREDIT: Thames Coromandel District Council

Get Your Walking Shoes On!

Tuesday 20 November 2007, 10:44AM
By Thames Coromandel District Council
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THAMES

Join the opening ceremony for the new Thames Coastal Walkway

Everyone is welcome at the official opening this Saturday at 7pm of the new Thames Coastal Walkway – and don’t forget your walking shoes!

The Thames Coromandel District Council and Thames Community Board is celebrating the completion of the walkway along Thames foreshore with a twilight walk from Victoria Park off Albert St to Kuranui Bay, where participants will be greeted with a sausage sizzle and refreshments.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Catran will officiate at the ceremony along with Thames Community Board deputy chair Denis Rogers. The board first mooted the idea of a walkway along the Thames Coast in 2002 and new sections have been gradually added over the years.

“It’s a wonderful legacy to construct this facility for the health and benefit of the people of Thames and visiting tourists,” said Thames-Coromandel Area Manager Mike Martin. “We hope everybody will take the opportunity to use this for health and fitness and recreation, and enjoy the scenery along the way.”

Dog walkers are welcome on the walkway and have been provided for with litter bags and bins.

The walkway ends at Kuranui Bay, which was upgraded after consultation on the Thames and Thames Coast Reserve Management Plan in 2005.

Mr Rogers said the board talked extensively with neighbouring land owners before upgrading the bay and the feedback had a huge influence on the type of planting and the decision to instal bollards preventing cars from driving on the grassed area