The construction of a ‘Learn To Ride’ area at Friendly Bay in Oamaru is set to commence soon.
Mayor Gary Kircher says the Learn To Ride area is a wonderful addition to Friendly Bay and will provide a safe environment for young children to learn how to ride their bikes, as well as being able to be used for other occasional activities by groups such as remote control car enthusiasts or CCS.
“The Learn To Ride area will be built in such a way that helps children learn the skills of riding a bike plus also learning about safety,” says Mayor Kircher.
“It has been two years in the making, so we are pleased to see it coming to fruition at last! It will appeal to locals and visitors and will be another great attraction for the area.”
The riding surface is expected to be completed before Christmas, however, surrounding grass will need to be adequately established before anyone can ride on it. The landscaping, seating and other play equipment will be installed as soon as possible, but could be early in the New Year. The existing car park by Holmes Wharf will be extended and sealed as part of the project to help cater for the growing number of visitors.
“We’ve had some wonderful support from other organisations to make this project happen. We’d like to thank the Rail Bridge Restoration Trust, Otago Community Trust and local businesses for their support. We still have sponsorship opportunities for businesses or individuals if anyone would like to be involved.”