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Biking, Horse Riding And Running Tracks Re-routed In Bottle Lake Forest Park

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Programmed tree felling in three areas of Bottle Lake Forest Park, started on 18 May 2009 and will last for up to 10 weeks.

Alternative cycling and running routes have been organised to minimise disruption to cyclists and runners, and for safety near the felling sites.

The trees are within parts of Bottle Lake Forest Park which is a production forest and are due for felling as part of a planned harvesting. The start of the Coastal Mountain bike track, opposite Landfill Road, has moved to the start of the Blue running track for three weeks. The two tracks will be combined and share the same path for approximately 150 metres for this period. After 150m the tracks return to normal. The felling site runs from Bravo Road to Hotel Road and from Landfill Road to 22nd Avenue.

Hales Track, horse riding tracks and other biking and running tracks will be affected by a second felling site. This is adjacent and west of the main pond area and runs from Hotel Road to Foxtrot Road and from 20th Avenue to 21st Avenue. All the running and cycling tracks will be re-routed around the felling area, and some of the tracks will have to share a single track at places for four to five weeks. The horse trail will be re-routed on alternative forestry roads for five weeks.

The third site of tree felling, at Heyders Road and behind Styx River Place, has no tracks running through it.

Christchurch City Council Park Ranger Kay Holder says "We have worked hard to make sure that there are alternative tracks for the forest users that enjoy Bottle Lake Forest Park. All people need to do is to look out for the signage at the park entrance.'

"It is important that this area, which is a really popular place to run, horse ride and bike, still has safe tracks for everyone to use for the 10 weeks of felling."

Alternative track routes can be found on www.ccc.govt.nz. For more information contact 941 8999 or have a look at www.ccc@govt.nz.

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