Huangpu District will open its section of a 45 kilometers stretch of uninterrupted pedestrian paths to the public by the end of June, officials said yesterday.
Construction of the 8.3km-long Huangpu section has been completed — bridging previously disconnected areas along Huangpu River and building three continuous lanes for walking, running and cycling, the district government announced.
"By the end of June, residents will not only be able to walk from Waibaidu Bridge through the Bund to Shiliupu Dock, but also reach the former Puxi World Expo site and Lupu Bridge along the river," said Zhao Baoqi, executive deputy director with the district's riverside office, who takes charge of the project.
The section is part of the city government's plan to open the 45km stretch of uninterrupted pedestrian paths — half in Puxi and half in Pudong — from Yangpu Bridge to Xupu Bridge by the end of the year.
As the middle part of the route, the Huangpu section aims to become the "core world-class riverside area" of the city, said Gao Yun, director of Huangpu District.
Huangpu once had 11 disconnected areas along its riverside regions, mainly docks for ferries, ships and sightseeing cruises, as well as office buildings owned by state-owned enterprises, Gao said.
The district government renovated some of the ferry docks, shut down the commercial docks for cruises and yacht clubs as well as relocating the maritime docks to connect the riverside paths, Gao added.
Many illegal structures used as restaurants and commercial facilities were demolished.
Sunny Beach on Waima Road was closed along with a nearby yacht club, Zhao said. The artificial beach was once the only and popular beach resort in downtown that occupied a 960-meter-long riverside area.
The city government helped to persuade the state-owned enterprises to relocate offices and open the riverbanks to the public, Gao said.
In the next stage, the district will plant more trees, set up chairs, sunshades, stores and toilets, as well as building clinics, service centers and parking lots for the riverside area, Zhao said.
A "Gallery of History" will be built at the former site of World Expo 2010, which was also home to the city's century-old Jiangnan Shipyard, said Gu Minghua, deputy general manager with the Bund & Riverside Comprehensive Development Co, which takes charge of the construction.
Many industrial relics at the cradle of China's modern industry and Expo relics will be kept for the future riverside paths, said Gu. Some 50 "flame lamps" erected along the river for the Expo will illuminate the area, he said.