The Whakamaru Reserve in the South Waikato District is closed to camping for the summer period.
"The felling of the neighbouring trees has effectively removed the wind break for the reserve," explained Council's Parks and Reserves Manager Phil Parker. "This has heightened the risk of one or more of the many aging Pine trees loosing limbs or entire trees falling, making them dangerous to the public."
Council has installed signage and gates on the reserve access roads and trails accordingly.
"Council had hoped to fell the trees this year and have this popular reserve open for Christmas, however Council has been unable to secure a contractor to do this work before the New Year due to the contractors' existing work commitments," explained Mr Parker. "Council takes the safety of its reserve users very seriously. Camping can simply not be permitted with the aging trees posing such a serious health and safety risk."
We remind our reserve users that there are several other reserves in the district that can be used over the summer period - Dunhams Reserve (also on Ongaroto Road), Little Waipa (Horahora Road) and Jones Landing (Lake Arapuni Reserve). Permits are required, please visit Council's website click on the Apply for it button to the right or follow this link.
We remind reserve users of appropriate behaviour in South Waikato reserves for the enjoyment of all reserve users - no motorbikes, no fires, keep dogs under control and be mindful of alcohol consumption.
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