Marlborough's newest bike track tiny but mighty
A blur of wheels and giggles of delight have heralded the opening of Marlborough's newest bike track.
After years of planning and fundraising the new track at Seymour Kindergarten, in Blenheim, was opened last week.
Delighted mini cyclists quickly took to the track to show off their skills.
Youngest member Xavier Davidson, 3, cut the ribbon to officially declare the new route open to all.
The new feature is the last of a series of improvements to the Redwood St childcare centre, including a new covered sandpit and native trees.
Head teacher Char Morrison says the trees and plants, once grown, will convert the bike track area into a "mini jungle".
The project was started by former head teacher Heather Graham, who now works for sustainability initiative Enviroschools.
Char says the $300 cost was only possible thanks to the help and support of staff and parents of children at the kindergarten and a donation from Enviroschools.
"It all started about 4 years ago; Heather started the idea and I just helped finish it off at the end.
"A lot of people have devoted their time and energy to this and we are really grateful.
"The children just love it," she says.
Heather says the track is all about getting children outside.
"Biking is such a Marlborough thing to do and this helps them to be kids while creating a love and passion for the outdoors that will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their lives," she says.
The children can use both pedal and balance bikes on the circuit which features a small garden area in the centre.
All the native trees were planted using compost from the kindergarten's worm farm.
- The Marlborough Express