Josh Bonnar (8), of Lake Hayes Estate, gets to grips with
McBride Park's new track, which was officially opened
yesterday. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Rain was not going to dampen the spirits of a group of
excited children at Lake Hayes Estate, who gave the McBride
Park's new bike track a resounding thumbs up yesterday.
Lake Hayes Estate Community Association member Maree Wheeler
said the track, around the perimeter of McBride Park, had
always been planned for the area.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council did not have money
available to fund the project, so the community association
set about fundraising.
An event last year raised about $11,000. Grants from the
council, the Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of
Southland and SkyCity Queenstown raised a total of $84,000,
enabling construction to begin in September.
The asphalt trail includes a track featuring a series of
small loops, banked turns and jumps to teach children
bike-handling skills; a beginners track, and the ''North
Shore area'', which includes wooden features.
The track, suitable for scooters and skateboards, also has a
traffic light to teach children road safety. The planned
celebration yesterday was to thank the community for its
support, Ms Wheeler said.
Despite the low turnout, due to the weather, the track had
already proved popular with children in the area, she said.