Upgrading the Fox Street trails

WORK BEGINS: Southstar Trails track shaper Cameron Dodd uses a digger as he makes and shapes trails at Whataupoko Reserve, at the top end of Fox Street, part of a $130,000 upgrade of the mountain biking and walking/running tracks. Work is under way between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. The park is open during this project, with only the trails under construction or upgrade closed. There should be little disruption to park users. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Southstar Trails site manager Scott Taylor compacts the new track. It is expected work will take around three to four months to complete. Gisborne Mountain Bike Club secretary Steferl Gordon said the upgrade was for the safety and enjoyment of all users.

The $130,000 mountain bike trail upgrade at Whataupoko Reserve off Fox Street is under way.

Gisborne Mountain Bike Club secretary Steferl Gordon says the upgrade is for the safety and enjoyment of all users — walkers, runners, mountain bikers and people walking their dogs.

“At the moment the trails are a little confusing, with walkers worried about bumping into mountain bikers and vice versa.

“This upgrade will create a well-signposted network of trails.”

There will be dual trails that mountain bikers can only use uphill, while allowing walkers to go both ways.

Mrs Gordon says trail builders Southstar Trails built the Wairoa Mountain Bike Park for Adventure Wairoa, which has been a huge success.

Gisborne mountain bikers travel there regularly.

Whataupoko Reserve will be slightly unique as there will be something for everyone, and every level, she says.

“We want to encourage children to really enjoy mountain biking as a sport and for leisure, so it is important to have a professionally-built facility to do just that.

“It is definitely exciting for everyone.”

Gisborne District Council has been working with Gisborne Mountain Bike Club on the plans.

Funding was received from Eastland Community Trust and New Zealand Community Trust to complete this project.

Work will take about three to four months to complete. The hours of work will be between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The park will remain open during this project, with only the trails under construction or upgrade closed.

The $130,000 mountain bike trail upgrade at Whataupoko Reserve off Fox Street is under way.

Gisborne Mountain Bike Club secretary Steferl Gordon says the upgrade is for the safety and enjoyment of all users — walkers, runners, mountain bikers and people walking their dogs.

“At the moment the trails are a little confusing, with walkers worried about bumping into mountain bikers and vice versa.

“This upgrade will create a well-signposted network of trails.”

There will be dual trails that mountain bikers can only use uphill, while allowing walkers to go both ways.

Mrs Gordon says trail builders Southstar Trails built the Wairoa Mountain Bike Park for Adventure Wairoa, which has been a huge success.

Gisborne mountain bikers travel there regularly.

Whataupoko Reserve will be slightly unique as there will be something for everyone, and every level, she says.

“We want to encourage children to really enjoy mountain biking as a sport and for leisure, so it is important to have a professionally-built facility to do just that.

“It is definitely exciting for everyone.”

Gisborne District Council has been working with Gisborne Mountain Bike Club on the plans.

Funding was received from Eastland Community Trust and New Zealand Community Trust to complete this project.

Work will take about three to four months to complete. The hours of work will be between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The park will remain open during this project, with only the trails under construction or upgrade closed.

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