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6 December 2018

Dolamore Park signs get an overhaul

Visitors to Dolamore Park this summer will find it easier to navigate their way around following the installation of new signs.

Started in 2015, the project’s completion is cause for celebration for the small team involved as it was in time for retiring caretaker Vic Herring to see it come to fruition.

Gore events and promotions coordinator Emma Carle said it was satisfying to know people visiting the park this summer will have an improved experience.

“In the past we would receive feedback from visitors saying they couldn’t find the start of tracks or they got lost along the way.”

The project started when the Council updated the Dolamore Park brochure and created a new map to make the park more enticing.

“During that process we found there were some signs missing, and in many cases there weren’t enough signs in place or the directions were inaccurate.

“In addition to this, the old routed wooden signs had become virtually unreadable, especially from a distance as they blended into the bush.”

The project has been a community effort with input from the Hokonui bikers, Hokonui Tramping Club, DOC, student helpers and Council staff.

About 60 signs have been made ranging from small directional arrows and signs for the toilet blocks, to the park’s main entrance sign. All walking tracks on Council land now start from the same location – opposite the kitchen.

Ms Carle said the project has taken longer than expected - “there wasn’t a blueprint we could follow”.

A decision to use the existing infrastructure to hang the signs meant a lot of measuring and reviewing was required – “not to mention visits to sites that required a fair bit of walking”.

The new signs are reflective making the bush walks usable at night and potentially open for events in the evening.

It is hoped to have all the signs up before Christmas. The park map and brochure will need to be updated to show the new starting point for all trails, which brings the project full circle.

“Once you start focusing on signage, you unearth a lot more opportunities than existed prior to the project starting.”

The Council has $25,000 allocated in its budgets to update signage at the park.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz