TECT MTB PARK OPENS TOMORROW DEC 11

The TECT MTB park just out of Tauranga officially opens tomorrow. Here's the goss from the crew over there. If you're in the area or within driving distance this place looks well worth the trip!

STAGE 1 OF TECT ALL TERRAIN PARK OFFICIALLY OPENING THIS SATURDAY

Opening day at the TECT All Terrain Park this Saturday 11 December will reveal the first stage of what has the potential to become the crown jewel of the Western Bay and mark the culmination of 13 years’ planning and hard work.

Following an official opening at 10am attended by dignitaries and special guests, the park will be open to the public to discover from 12pm onwards.

The park’s Arrival Centre will be a hub of activity with demonstrations and activities for families.

At each of the main activity zones across the park, user groups (including us at MTB TGA) have been beavering away creating their tracks, trails and staging areas. These groups will welcome visitors to their sites and show them around.

GETTING TO THE PARK

Parking at the Arrival Centre, located at the park’s entrance 29 kms up State Highway 36 ( Pyes Pa Road ), will be limited so Council is encouraging people to car pool or go to Aquinas College on Pyes Pa Road to take the bus. Buses will run up to the park from 9am every hour on the hour until 3pm, with the last bus returning at 4pm.

Shuttle vans will also operate within the park on the day to take people to the five staging areas where user groups will be showcasing their activities.

More about the park....

TAURANGA, Wednesday 1 December 2010: A 1650-hectare recreational and adventure park in the Bay of Plenty being opened this month is being heralded as the first in New Zealand to be tailored specifically to accommodate both active and passive recreation plus education activities. The TECT (Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust) All Terrain Park is located on State Highway 36, midway between Tauranga and Rotorua and has been under development since 2008. The opening on Saturday 11 December 2010 will be the first time the public has access to and use of the first stage of development in the park. The opening will be celebrated by a public Discovery Day featuring the various activities that will become permanent within the park. While there are other adventure parks around New Zealand, the TECT All Terrain Park is unique for its size and diversity of terrain.  Divided into four large corners, the park enables active sports to be well separated from the passive and non-motorised activities.

On opening day the park will cater for enthusiasts of motorsports, off-road four-wheel driving, motorbike and trail bike riding, mountain biking, target shooting, horse riding, walking, running, abseiling and dog sledding.

The $8.5 million park is jointly owned and governed by the Tauranga City Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. Naming rights to the park were given to TECT in acknowledgement of its contribution of $3.5 million towards the project.