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Signage to clarify directions around estuary
March 18th, 2014
[by David Armstrong]
Walkers and cyclists confused by the numerous paths and cycleways around and near the inlet estuary will be helped by new information sign boards to be erected shortly in the area.
Hugh Briggs, a trustee of the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust (NTCTT), met with Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) committee members last night to ensure the signage for cycle trail tourists and local walkers will provide clear directions on where the main trails go.
Since the Great Taste trail opened recently from Mapua to Kaiteriteri, some cyclists have lost their way at parts of the Motueka Estuary, while KMB noted that many Motueka people did not realise that the walkway around the estuary now forms a complete loop.
NTCTT is designing three large sign boards to be located near the entrance to the community gardens in Old Wharf Road, at the end of Harbour Road and at the start of Staples street. Meanwhile KMB is making five or six smaller signs around the estuary to indicate the full extent of the walkway loop and where it overlaps with the cycle trail.
The three 2.4m x 1.2m cycle trail signs will include not only a map showing where the trail goes around Motueka, but also paths to take to go to the central town and its facilities, plus advertising of businesses which have paid up as official partners of the Great Taste trail.
For Motueka people, clarity on the names of paths around and near what has been commonly called "the inlet" will also help give a sense of how the area's facilities fit together.
The KMB committee decided in future to refer to the path which it constructed with Council around the inlet (from Old Wharf Road, past the cemetery to and along Wharf Road (soon to known as Bob Cooke Way) and back on the western fringe) as the "Estuary Loop Walkway".
It also decided to change the name of what has been known as the "Adopt-a-Plot" plantings (off Old Wharf Road behind the community gardens) to the "Estuary Gardens". This is in recognition that the plantings there, which are divided into plots maintained by individuals or groups, are now well established and the work there is no longer in 'project' mode.
Comment by Malcolm Garrett:
[Posted 23 March 2014]
I am so amazed at the drive, energy and commitment of the tremondous team who have worked so long on this project. All Motueka sahould be very proud and grateful for their efforts. Well done!
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