New drawcard for river trails

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

En­com­pass­ing some of the South Waikato’s most scenic lo­ca­tions means the Waikato River Trails are fre­quented by walk­ers, run­ners and cy­clists year round.

Now that a new sculp­ture at its most pop­u­lar spot near Lake Kara­piro has been in­stalled it’s hoped even more will be drawn.

Gen­eral man­ager Glyn Wooller said the idea of the sculp­ture, which de­picts an over­sized wheel cog with Waikato River Tri­als en­graved on it, is that it will act as a frame for peo­ple to take pho­tos in, which they will then share on so­cial me­dia.

‘‘It is de­signed for peo­ple to in­ter­act with so they can go in front or be­hind it and get the scenic river in the back­ground,’’ he said.

‘‘When they share the pho­tos on so­cial me­dia they will tell peo­ple where it is which will then en­tice oth­ers to come and en­joy the trial as well.’’

‘‘When you get over 40,000 a year com­ing through it is a good op­por­tu­nity. It makes the trail even more in­ter­est­ing and I’m hop­ing this will be the first of many sculp­tures,’’ he said.

Wooller, who came up with the de­sign him­self, said he was ‘‘de­lighted with it’’ but it would not have been pos­si­ble with­out fund­ing from the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Cre­ative Com­mu­nity Fund­ing Scheme and Pu­taruru based agri­cul­tural train­ing cen­tre Taratahi.

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