New trail signs a joint effort

Last updated 13:00 28/01/2014
Chris Tonkin
MARTIN de RUYTER/Fairfax NZ

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Chris Tonkin, field adviser for the New Zealand Walking Access Commission, with a new walkway sign in the Marsden Valley.

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Nelson and Tasman may not have amalgamated but their walkways have.

New signs have been put up to show the walking and mountainbike trail that links the Barnicoat Walkway in Nelson through to Easby Park in Richmond and other tracks in the Richmond hills.

The joint councils project has been completed with $3500 funding from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission.

Commission chairman John Forbes said: "This is an access corridor that has been available for years without being widely known. The project to signpost it is a great example of councils and the commission working together to prove much needed information."

Commission regional field adviser Chris Tonkin said the move first came about at the time both councils were debating amalgamation.

The idea was to make the Barnicoat Walkway more accessible then to make people aware that it linked through to the Richmond tracks.

"It was an opportunity to get the two councils working together and demonstrate they could," said Mr Tonkin.

The funding provided 11 new signs and additional route markers.

"It's pretty popular now that it is more obvious where the track goes, and it has a really scenic lookout over the Waimea estuary and Tasman Bay."

Nelson city mayor Rachel Reese said it was a great example of both councils working together, with help from the commission, on something that would be enjoyed by both Nelson and Tasman residents.

Tasman district mayor Richard Kempthorne said the walk's elevation provided extensive views of Tasman Bay, the Waimea estuary and plains and surrounding mountains with the marked route climbing through Dellside Reserve and Kingsland Forest where a network of walking and mountainbiking tracks provided additional recreation opportunities.

"It showcases to residents and visitors alike what a great place we live in."

Barnicoat Walkway, which is a gazetted walkway, can be reached from Marsden Valley Rd in Stoke, and Easby Park is a reserve linking Marlborough Crescent with Selbourne Ave in Richmond.

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- The Nelson Mail

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