Group gets go-ahead to forge park tracks

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 11/01/2012
Waimate
JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ

Natural beauty: One of the trails developed by the Waimate Trackways Group.

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The Waimate Trackways Group has launched a proposal for walking and cycling tracks at Knottingley Park.

The group has been given the green light to begin construction of tracks plus a $10,000 donation from Rotary towards the project.

Construction of the tracks will proceed in four stages with most of the work due for completion before winter.

That will include a wildlife lookout – a pole structure with a veranda overhang – next to the oxidation pond.

The group will reopen an old access road into Knottingley Park as a dry-weather walking track along the road, proceeding past the creek and into the park.

Stage one will incorporate a short track adjacent to Horgans Rd then along the east side of the creek completing a round trip of 800 metres.

Stage two will extend beyond the concrete bridge to the oxidation pond then proceed though the south side of the pond across the creek into Murrayfield.

Stage three will take the track alongside the cricket grounds and towards the camping grounds near Waihao Back Rd.

Stage four will proceed across Belfield past the pond to join with Murrayfield – a round trip of 4.5 kilometres.

Jim Raynor, of Waimate Trackways, said he believed the project could be completed within $10,000.

"I think with a lot of volunteer labour we can do it; we've got a pretty good group of people we can pull in."

Waimate Trackways was formed following analysis of the Waimate District Council's sport and recreation plan.

One of the overriding factors was that people of Waimate felt walking and cycling were the most popular forms of recreational pastime to achieve a reasonable level of fitness. The plan also showed there was a real desire for more opportunities to walk in safety.

So far, with the council, the group has helped develop a network of safe tracks around the urban area.

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