Reservoir Creek Walkway new signs
Photo by Keep Richmond Beautiful

Signs pointing up for Reservoir Creek Walkway

The spectacular walkway climb from Waimea Inlet, 568 metres of ascent up Richmond Hill, now has new signs and amenities.

The folk from Keep Richmond Beautiful have used a $3000 Community Grant from the Tasman District Council and a $2400 enhanced access grant from Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa to develop the Reservoir Creek Walkway.

The money has allowed the community group to install high-quality signs from the shoreline to the skyline. The new amenities include 40 track markers, two picnic tables, three interpretation panels and, at the top of the hill, a plane table.

They have replaced ageing, incomplete signs and faded interpretation panels on the lower part of the walkway. The Reservoir Creek Walkway was recently extended to the skyline by Keep Richmond Beautiful. The walkway travels for 5.5km from the sea, initially through Richmond township, then across Tasman District Council land to reach the skyline on Barnicoat Range, east of Richmond Hill.

Ross Cullen, spokesperson for Keep Richmond Beautiful, says locals and visitors both value the new walkway.

“It encourages people to follow the stream from Waimea Inlet, through suburban parks, past historic sites and up a bush-shaded trail to reach the skyline. The new signs and track markers bring all those elements together and help tell the story of our town.”

Keep Richmond Beautiful has worked for more than 20 years in conjunction with Tasman District Council on enhancing and maintaining the Reservoir Creek corridor and walkway.

Cullen says the trail is an important part of Richmond.

“This walkway contributes to physical and mental wellbeing in our community, it showcases our history and connects us to nature.”

The new signs and amenities have aroused interest and increased the number of people using the walkway.