Extend trail up Riverside Rd

LETTER

Having recently cycled Alps 2 Ocean, the Timber Trail and many of the Hawke’s Bay trails, it got me thinking about what Gisborne could offer. These trails are a “booming” industry that creates wealth for areas. Trails also encourage people to get out and be active, enhancing the physical and mental health of people in our communities.

Wouldn’t it be great to link a cycling/walker/runners’ trail from the existing trail off the river end of Derby Street across the bridge to Riverside Road? The trail would meander up Riverside into Caves Rd, through to Matokitoki Valley then on to Valley and Shelley Rd. Eventually it would loop back into Riverside Rd, off which we have Hauroa Rd and the Whataupoko Reserve for walkers etc. You could have a Farm B&B with horse treks at the end of Riverside Rd, plus a link into the Te Kuri walking track from Shelley Rd. Also, the Waimata River could be planted with natives.

This would not be costly compared to the Timber Trail, which has some of the highest and longest suspension bridges in New Zealand. However, it would still be a stunning addition to our list of trails such as the Motu. Could this be a Lions/community project?

Barbara

Having recently cycled Alps 2 Ocean, the Timber Trail and many of the Hawke’s Bay trails, it got me thinking about what Gisborne could offer. These trails are a “booming” industry that creates wealth for areas. Trails also encourage people to get out and be active, enhancing the physical and mental health of people in our communities.

Wouldn’t it be great to link a cycling/walker/runners’ trail from the existing trail off the river end of Derby Street across the bridge to Riverside Road? The trail would meander up Riverside into Caves Rd, through to Matokitoki Valley then on to Valley and Shelley Rd. Eventually it would loop back into Riverside Rd, off which we have Hauroa Rd and the Whataupoko Reserve for walkers etc. You could have a Farm B&B with horse treks at the end of Riverside Rd, plus a link into the Te Kuri walking track from Shelley Rd. Also, the Waimata River could be planted with natives.

This would not be costly compared to the Timber Trail, which has some of the highest and longest suspension bridges in New Zealand. However, it would still be a stunning addition to our list of trails such as the Motu. Could this be a Lions/community project?

Barbara

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John Fricker - 11 days ago
In response to the first sentence of the second paragraph.
No.

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