The playing field at Enviroschool South Makirikiri gets especially wet and boggy in the winter, leaving it unusable by the students. This limits the space available for outdoor activities and play.
In 2015, three school community members had a conversation that sparked an idea about a possible track around the field for the community to exercise on, play on and enjoy.
Over the past three years, multiple community working bees have transformed the school’s field into a fitness track.
A boardwalk was constructed, fitness stations installed, and native plantings added along the length of the track to encourage birds and insects into their school grounds.
It was a long project but officially opened in November 2018. Enviroschools Regional Coordinator Sarah Williams was invited to go along to see what they had been up to. The school were lucky enough to also receive a community grant of $3,000 from Horizons Regional Council to buy native plants.