Love it or hate it, the controversial Terrigal Boardwalk will be officially opened for public use on April 14.
Some eager residents jumped the gun, posting pictures on social media as they tried out the new walkway linking Terrigal Beach to The Haven on the weekend of March 27-28, prompting a warning from Central Coast Council that it was still under construction.
The $5.8M project has been in the pipeline for years, with concept designs first going out for community feedback in November 2018.
Following several modifications, community opinion remained divided, with Council surveys showing that of 688 written submissions received, 52 per cent expressed general support for the proposal while 48 per cent expressed a lack of support.
In March last year, a contract was awarded and construction began in April.
In February this year, word came that the installation of hardwood decking boards along the entire length of the 277m boardwalk had been finished.
Since then, work has proceeded with the installation of LED lighting within the hardwood handrail, electrical work undertaken, the installation of a hardwood bench at the viewing platform and concreting work to connect the boardwalk to the existing footpath at The Haven.
“Every part of the boardwalk has been designed to complement the natural environment and will be composed of materials that can withstand the elements to ensure its longevity into the future,” Terrigal MP, Adam Crouch, said.
“After waiting many years for this dream to become a reality, I am delighted to confirm that the Terrigal Boardwalk will open to the community on Wednesday, April 14.
The boardwalk includes integrated seating, lighting and a viewing platform and has been jointly funded with $2.98M from the NSW Government’s Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund and $2.9M from Central Coast Council.