Open day cel­e­brates the ride

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

The sum­mer will start with a hiss and a bang in Pure­ora For­est with the open­ing of the south­ern sec­tion of the Tim­ber Trail cy­cle trail. On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, cy­clists are in­vited to ride from Piropiro to On­garue and ar­rive in time for the open­ing cer­e­mony at 2pm at On­garue School.

Non-cy­clists are also in­vited to join in the cel­e­bra­tions.

Th­ese in­clude a range of dis­plays set up at the school and a short film about the con­struc­tion.

There is also a walk or­gan­ised to visit the On­garue Spi­ral.

This cy­cle trail is part of the New Zealand Cy­cle Trails Project, set up to pro­vide world-class cy­cle rides and pro­mote eco­nomic devel­op­ment in ru­ral ar­eas.

The Tim­ber Trail (for­mally known as the Cen­tral North Is­land Rail Trail) was an­nounced as a quick-start project by Prime Min­is­ter John Key in 2009 and its open­ing un­der­lines a new era of use in the Pure­ora For­est Park.

‘‘The Tim­ber Trail is the big­gest cap­i­tal in­vest­ment the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DOC) has made in a sin­gle devel­op­ment since the con­struc­tion of the Ke­pler track in the 1990s.

‘‘The key to this trail is its prox­im­ity to the large met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas of Auck­land, Hamil­ton and Taupo – large cy­cling com­mu­ni­ties – and the easy cy­cling grade the trail has been built to,’’ project man­ager John Gaukrodger said.

READY: The Tim­ber Trail is set to open.

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