NEW PATHWAY SEALED TO QE PARK BIRD HIDE
Kapiti AAG members recently had their first look over the Queen Elizabeth Park Bird Hide access track that has been levelled and sealed with funds from a grant from the Transpower Community Care Fund. Jan Nisbet, committee member of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park who applied for the grant, said the Friends were very pleased with the result and really appreciative of the suggestions made by Kapiti AAG members.
Members pronounced it very fit for purpose and made some excellent suggestions about further developments such as improved signage, seating and space to gather near the Hide cabin. The track to the Hide starts near the Marines Memorial in QE Park.
The Friends intend that it should become a state-of-the-art accessibility attraction and believe that everyone should be able to get into the bush and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The track gives access to the Bird Hide which looks across wetland areas with remarkable views of birds such as the elegant Royal Spoonbill and the NZ Dabchick, a specialised wetland bird, now extinct in the South Island, which has amazing diving and underwater swimming abilities.
AAG members’ discussions with Jan Nisbet and GWRC ranger Wayne Boness included the likely use of what may be a shared pathway for a few months, and sealing priorities for the network of tracks accessible from the Marines Memorial and the Ranger’s office.
The AAG group included Bryan Miller and co-chairs Sue Emirali and Jim Webber, Harriet Kay and Brad Hayward. Visually impaired, Harriet said it was most enjoyable to use the smooth access track and to experience the leafy environment and listen to the bird calls in the park.
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