With $1 million already secured, the Lake Tekapo Footbridge Society is aiming to attract contributions from locals through its new "buy-a-plank" fundraising effort as it closes on on its target.
The society has been raising money in order to build a pedestrian/cycle bridge across the Lake Tekapo river inlet since late 2010 and still requires $300,000 before construction can begin.
The new campaign, which will be launched at this evening's annual meeting, will let people and businesses have their names engraved on the bridge's surface in exchange for a contribution of $1000.
Footbridge Society member Margaret Munro said "walking along the bridge and seeing the contributions from the community will be really touching".
The $1m that the society has already raised includes contributions from Genesis Energy, the local council and community board and an anonymous family donation, which make up the bulk of the total.
The new bridge is intended to provide a safer path for cyclists and pedestrians from one side of the town to the other, as the existing bridge is also a state highway.
Mrs Munro said the 118 metre long bridge would be "real safe" for biking and walking.
It is part of a planned walkway along the foreshore of Lake Tekapo.
Mrs Munro said the society hopes bridge construction will begin in October or November.
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