More than 350 people are using Goulburn's Wollondilly Riverwalk every day.
Such is its popularity that even more connecting infrastructure is underway.
Council installed counters reveal an average 292 walkers and 70 cyclists are exercising on the route daily, general manager Warwick Bennett says.
"It's been an extremely well received project," he told The Post.
Since deciding that the Wollondilly River should be opened for greater community enjoyment, the council has installed about 12km of path over the past four years.
This extends from Marsden Weir to Riversdale, breaks and then recommences around Fitzroy Flats, over to Lansdowne Bridge and past the Old Goulburn Brewery.
Mr Bennett said work started this week on an offshoot between Saint Joseph's gate subdivision and the old Kenmore boathouse at the end of Wollondilly Avenue. The subdivision's developers are undertaking this work as part of a voluntary planning agreement.
Design is also underway for the missing Riverwalk section around the rear of Goulburn Correctional Centre and the old cemeteries. A spokesman said talks with NSW Corrections on the river route, as opposed to a street diversion, were "positive."
"We are hoping that by the end of next financial year we will have 18km of walking track finished," Mr Bennett said.
Meantime, work on another connection to the Wollondilly is "going gangbusters."
Construction on the $2.26 million Riverside Park, running from The Tillage subdivision at Marys Mount and down to link both sides of the river has been underway for some time. The project is funded by the state government ($821,000) and developer contributions.
Footpaths, a new bridge, landscaping and a dog park are among the works completed. A playground is also planned and water fountains, outdoor gym, tree planting, landscaping will be finished this month. All of it will be lit by LED solar lights.
Currently, a crew is building another pedestrian bridge beneath the Fitzroy Bridge.
Nearby, a path has been built from Marys Mount Road down to the Wollondilly River at Fitzroy Bridge. Residents had lobbied the council for a safer access around the busy growth area.
This path connects to an upgraded intersection at the Crookwell Road/Marys Mount Road intersection, construction of which is due to finish this month.
The council finally secured state funding for the upgrade earlier this year after several years of lobbying. Mayor Bob Kirk had argued that the government, rather than the council should pay for improvements on the State road.
A spokesman said the government's $900,000 contribution had since increased when re-scoping revealed the need for deeper excavation and more concrete.
An earlier study projected more than 2000 homes for Marys Mount, with the possibility of more in an area to the north if rezoned.
Home building is continuing apace in the suburb, despite coronavirus, developers say.
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