Wednesday, December 2
A sign of things to come...
This is the sign to look for next time you come to Kaiteriteri. Located on Martin Farm Rd, just 100m from the beach, it's the gateway to the Park's hub at the site of the Recreation Reserve's Trailer Park.
The entrance track leads you onto a wide, flat area where you'll find the Pump Track and the start of our track network.
At Sunday's December 6 Opening, local iwi members will unveil & dedicate a pou especially carved for the occasion by local artisan Tim Wraight. The pou symbolises Maori relationship with the land and will welcome bikers as they enter the Park.
Also to be unveiled is our map & information kiosk. The panel has been prepared by Peter Laufkotter of Signcraft, who has patiently coped with our many revisions. Together with our freely-available (or downloadable) maps, no-one need have any excuse for getting lost!
Above, Patrick Ryan is installing the posts for the kiosk. Patrick and his bike began appearing on the Kaiteriteri tracks about 6 months ago. He soon become a regular at our Sunday morning working bees (see Archives) and it wasn't long before we co-opted him onto the committee. He's one of those people who you can ask to do something and he just gets on and does it. Except that Patrick's a builder and how many can you say that about!
He erected the gateway entrance for us recently and last week came straight to the Park after his day's work and installed the treads for our newest bridge.
The sturdy, steel framework for this 4m long bridge was donated by Doug Sharland of Sharland Engineering. Doug has been riding the old Kaiteriteri Forest tracks for years so we hope he enjoys the new trails being made. Robbie Flowers, NZ Sales Manager of Waimea Sawmilling Ltd., is another who's getting to spend a bit of time on the tracks, whether on his bike or in his running shoes. Robbie has arranged for WaiSaw to meet all of our timber requirements!
It's this sort of support, whether from our weekly volunteers or the local business community, that assures us that the Park is going to have a great future...