“These improvements are essential, to ensure better drainage and safer terrain,” comments Mike Devonshire, Chairman of Te Mata Park Trust.
The work will be taking place on Wednesday 14 February through to Friday 16 February, inclusive. Tauroa Car Park will also be closed during this time.
Chambers Walk will be closed at the lower end, from Tauroa Car Park, through to the hairpin bend, at the intersection with Te Kahu Mountain Bike Track (near to the entry to Webbs Bush). The upper stretch of Chambers Walk will still be open, and unaffected.
“The closure will affect a number of tracks that intersect with Chambers Walk. We do ask Park users to be mindful of this closure when planning your walking or biking circuit, and alter your route, as necessary,”” adds Mr. Devonshire.
“Park users will also need to avoid Tauroa Road end, and park instead at the Gates Car Park. We realise that parking here is already fairly limited. If you can walk or bike to the Park instead of driving, this would be preferable.”
“For walkers, you will not be able to complete some circuits, that cross lower Chambers Walk, including the purple Redwoods Loop, and the red Giant Loop. Mountain bikers, you will not be able to ride the lower end of Te Kahu or the Exit Trails, and must instead head upwards to the Gates Car Park.”
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council contractors are undertaking the work; a project that has been in the pipeline for some time.
“Chambers Walk has become increasingly boggy and slippery, particularly during winter, so we are pleased that this work is now underway, in anticipation of the forthcoming wetter months,” comments Mr. Devonshire.
“We request that all Park users respect this closure, and do not attempt to access the closed area. There will be machinery and trucks operating during these 3 days, and it will not be a safe environment for walkers, runners or bikers.”