Kennedys Bush Track opened on Easter Sun­day

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The pop­u­lar Kennedys Bush Track, which sits on a com­bi­na­tion of un­formed road and pri­vate prop­erty and winds from above Hal­swell Quarry Park to the top of the Port Hills, re-opened on Easter Sun­day. The 5.3km track went partly through a pri­vately-owned for­est, and has been closed to the pub­lic since the Port Hills fires in Fe­bru­ary 2017, for safety rea­sons. Christchurch City Coun­cil staff have worked con­struc­tively with the trustees of the pri­vately-owned land to get the area around the track cleared of fire-dam­aged trees, and the track re­stored to a safe state, so the pub­lic can use it again. The clear­ance work has taken longer than ex­pected, but the en­tire track has now been cleared. “The landowner has put a lot of ef­fort into clear­ing the track, and we’re thrilled that we can open it again to moun­tain bik­ers and walk­ers,’’ says Coun­cil City Ser­vices Gen­eral Man­ager David Adam­son. “Peo­ple us­ing the track though need to re­mem­ber that there is still log­ging ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring in the area. For health and safety rea­sons, and be­cause the ad­ja­cent land is pri­vate land, it is crit­i­cal they stay on the track, and don’t de­vi­ate away from it,’’ Mr Adam­son says.

Above: From Easter Sun­day peo­ple were able to take in the beau­ti­ful views from the top of Kennedys Bush Track.

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