Re­serve upgrade on track

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

Pop­u­lar To­tara Re­serve is get­ting a makeover.

Al­ready com­pleted are up­grades to the Fern Walk and new sig­nage, while fur­ther im­prove­ments are planned for other tracks, along with a new play­ground.

The new sec­tion of the Fern Walk is part of a 700 me­tre de­vel­op­ment pro­ject to link all the re­serve’s tracks to­gether, and make it eas­ier and safer for walk­ers to nav­i­gate. It calls for the con­struc­tion of two foot- bridges, and bet­ter track drainage. Bill Mar­tyn from Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil says one of the most an­tic­i­pated projects is the foot-bridge to keep walk­ers off the road.

‘‘Hori­zons is keen to get this bridge in­stalled for safety rea­sons. There are still a few ob­sta­cles, but we’re hop­ing to work with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to get the bridge in­stalled early this year.’’

The pro­posed play­ground will oc­cupy a sec­tion of the Camp Kereru camp­site fea­tur­ing a bal­ance disc, bas­ket swing, log bridges, log mound and a bal­ance rope. It has been de­signed to cater for all ages and will be nat­u­rally sourced where pos­si­ble.

Hori­zons is fund­ing some of the pro­ject, how­ever a fur­ther $40,000 is re­quired to see it com­pleted.

For more in­for­ma­tion about To­tara Re­serve, its fa­cil­i­ties and rates for camp­ing, see hori­

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