Gil­mour Re­serve a for­got­ten gem

Des­ti­na­tion Gil­mour en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals to use the park

Hauraki-Coromandel Post - - News - Ali­son Smith Email the group on: coachrae82­8@gmail.com.

Com­mu­nity ad­vo­cates are throw­ing out a chal­lenge to Waihi res­i­dents to spend more time at the park. Rae Water­house is among those who have formed a new group to fa­cil­i­tate more events at Gil­mour Re­serve, which they say is un­der­utilised by lo­cals.

With a serene lake where wa­ter­fowl glide and preen, sculp­tures by lo­cal artists, land­scaped grounds, a play­ground, an his­toric me­mo­rial for early min­ers, walks, blos­som­ing cherry trees and a stage for out­door en­ter­tain­ment, Gil­mour Re­serve should be busy, says Rae of Des­ti­na­tion Gil­mour.

“Des­ti­na­tion Gil­mour want to firmly en­trench in the lo­cal psy­che for peo­ple to come and en­joy the lake,” says Rae.

“In­stead of hav­ing to leave town, we want to give some­thing back to our lo­cal peo­ple with free events in a tor­rid year for every­body.

“I reckon it’s a tragedy that we have this glo­ri­ous venue that doesn’t get used a lot and folks need to take own­er­ship of it.

“It’s a jewel.”

On the day the Hau­rak­iCoro­man­del Post vis­ited to take a walk with Rae, a group of se­nior tram­pers ar­rived to en­joy lunch at the lake­side af­ter walk­ing the Pit Rim Walk­way, and had trav­elled all the way from Pukekohe.

“It’s the sec­ond time we’ve been

here,” said An­nette Teague. “It’s a lovely spot.”

Frances Gib­bon com­mented on the cres­cent shaped wooden chair where the dozen mem­bers of the

group were able to all sit and eat their packed lunches.

“It’s very so­cia­ble, I love this chair,” she said.

Sadly, there was ev­i­dence of

van­dal­ism at the re­serve. The Des­ti­na­tion Gil­mour group is re­port­ing it to the Hau­raki Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The group is work­ing with lo­cal

Hau­raki

mu­si­cians to plan events that bring the com­mu­nity to­gether dur­ing sum­mer.

Al­ready planned is a Min­ers Pic­nic on Novem­ber 8, a Nos­tal­gia Pic­nic on Fe­bru­ary 14 with Groove DJS, and a Teddy Bears and Dolls ten­ta­tively planned for March 14 at which the group hopes to have Steam­punk groups from Thames and else­where.

“We would love to hear from other lo­cal mu­si­cians/per­form­ers who might like to join in the fun and show­case their tal­ent,” says Rae.

Photo / Ali­son Smith

Rae Water­house wants peo­ple to en­joy the beauty of their lo­cal Gil­mour Re­serve.

Sculp­tures have been van­dalised at the re­serve.

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