Plans to enhance Walton Park reserve

It is hoped a new track will be built at the Walton Park Recreational Reserve ready for supplementary planting before the winter.

Dunedin City Council parks operations officer Richard Dahlenburg and Saddle Hill Community Board members will review concept plans this week.

The track was the ''bones'' and the planting would flesh out the park, he said.

He expected contractors to build the fencing and track in the ''dry'' months, ''then we can spend the winter working on the planting side''.

He hoped a group of volunteers would help with the work, even though sinkholes in the park would make it dangerous for them to plant in some areas. Contractors would perform the planting in more dubious areas.

Board member Jonathan Usher said a planned walk around the park to review the council's plan should include staff and pupils from schools in the board catchment and Lions Club members.

''To get a vision on what we want to do there in totality so there may be the opportunity for a big community project.''

Board deputy chairwoman Pamela Jemmett said she wanted local school pupils' installation proposals for the park, such as a flying fox, to be seriously considered by the council.

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