To­tara Park up­grade ready for Manawatu Walk­ing Fes­ti­val

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Walk­ing tracks in the pop­u­lar To­tara Re­serve, Manawatu’s only re­gional park, have been up­graded. Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil Bill Martyn says it’s pleas­ing to have the track up­grades of Fern Walk com­pleted in less than a year. Up­grades to the track have in­cluded; * 700 me­tres of new track be­ing cre­ated, bring­ing the track in­side the bush boundary and away from the gravel ve­hi­cle track shared with the neigh­bour­ing farm. * Re-rout­ing of sev­eral sec­tions of the track to avoid wet ar­eas or to pro­tect the roots of sig­nif­i­cant trees. * Re­plac­ing the old steps climb­ing up to the high ter­race. In­stal­la­tion of steps at sev­eral steep points on the down­hill stretch. * The in­stal­la­tion of a pedes­trian bridge (bridge one), next to the road bridge, which pro­vides a safe pas­sage for walk­ers by keep­ing them off the road. * The in­stal­la­tion of an­other pedes­trian bridge, (bridge two), which pro­vides a safer route across a steep, slip­pery gully. * The in­stal­la­tion of seven new board­walks over wet ar­eas and the ad­di­tion of a hand rail on one of the ex­ist­ing board­walks. “It’s great that the track up­grades and bridges have been com­pleted in time for the sum­mer sea­son. There will also be many peo­ple go­ing through this track dur­ing the Manawatu Walk­ing Fes­ti­val in March this year, which will be an ex­cel­lent way to show­case the na­tive fauna and flora the Fern Walk has,” says Cr McKel­lar. “We’re grate­ful to Manawatu Dis­trict Coun­cil for al­low­ing pedes­trian bridge one, to be lo­cated im­me­di­ately up­stream of the ex­ist­ing road bridge and within the road re­serve. Un­for­tu­nately, the de­sired lo­ca­tion for the pedes­trian bridge was un­suit­able due to the high po­ten­tial for ero­sion of the stream banks.” Now that the Fern Walk has been com­pleted Hori­zons is look­ing to cre­ate a link be­tween all the tracks at To­tara Re­serve. This would al­low peo­ple to spend the best part of a day do­ing a full cir­cuit.

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