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Marion Council has temporarily closed a section of the 20-year-old Coastal Walkway between Marino and Hallett Cove for repairs.
Diversions are in place between Murto Parade, Marino, and Peera Street, Hallett Cove so people can enjoy the remainder of the walkway.
The Coastal Walkway runs about 8km in Marion from Marino Esplanade to Hallett Cove Headland Reserve. The section that has been temporarily closed is about 2.5km.
A section of about 80m adjacent to Marino Rocks boat ramp and about 60m of path on Marino Parade, immediately north of Allan Street, has also been temporarily closed.
An engineering audit recommended part of the walkway should be closed as a safety precaution while repair work is undertaken.
As a result of a routine inspection, staff engaged an engineer to undertake a detailed assessment of the walkway.
The engineers recommended repair work to timber boardwalks and footings along parts of the structure.
The walkway was built in the late 1990s and parts of it are coming to the end of their natural life.
A further assessment of the walkway is about to begin while the extent of the repair works and costs are being scoped out.
Council is expected to consider a report detailing the further assessment and repairs required in September. This will help decide when the section is re-opened.
The Marion Coastal Walkway is located in the Marion Coast Park which extends 7.2 km from Marino in the north, to the Hallett Headland Reserve at Hallett Cove in the south.
Its environment is unique in the metropolitan area, with its rugged cliffs, small coves and a rocky coast.
It also features world famous geological formations at Hallett Cove, important sites of remnant coastal vegetation, and the significant cultural presence of the Tjilbruke Dreaming. Discover more in the Coastal Walkway brochure.
The Marion Coastal Walkway features great public and community art well worth a visit
Did you know 33 large 'art signs' in the shape of dolphins, fish, crabs and traditional Kaurna shields, plus 63 smaller aluminium signs and colourful cartoons have been installed along the Marion Coastal Walkway.
One of the aims of the walkway is to encourage and manage access within this fragile environment while also enabling the restoration of the coastal vegetation.
Previously uncontrolled access and urban encroachment in the area has led to increased erosion problems and degradation of the coastal vegetation, wildlife habitats and the general environment.
Council, in partnership with Planning SA's Coast Park Program, have partnered to construct the Coastal Walkway as a public amenity to maintain a balance between recreation use and conservation values.
The walkway also provides potential links for recreation and biodiversity with a number of natural open spaces and environmental corridors including the Field River Valley and Waterfall Gully.
The Sugarloaf, named for its resemblance to a mass of hard refined sugar, is the best known feature in Hallett Cove Conservation Park.