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Commonwealth Walkway route suggestions sought

Commonwealth Walkway route suggestions sought

Community suggestions for New Zealand’s first Commonwealth Walkway are being sought by the Wellington City Council.

Wellington’s Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the walkway will encourage people young and old to get out and explore the city.

“The Commonwealth Walkway will connect significant monuments, parks, buildings and historical places along a route of approximately 8 kilometres,” she says.

“A starter list of key locations for special markers bearing the personal cypher of Her Majesty The Queen has been developed.

“We are now opening the opportunity for people to add their own suggestions within an inner city loop,” she says.

A number of modifications have already been suggested including the Parihaka Memorial outside the old Dominion museum and a change in the proposed route from Tory Street to Kent Terrace.

Suggestions for locations to be marked on the walkway will be received from today through to Friday 23 October 2015 and can be made through the Wellington City Council websitehttp://wellington.govt.nz/recreation/enjoy-the-outdoors/walks-and-walkways/commonwealth-walkway

The former Governor-General His Excellency Sir Anand Satyanand formally unveiled the first marker bearing the Royal Cypher at the Wai-Titi Landing at the front of Parliament grounds with the Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown and Director of the Outdoor Trust (UK), Jim Walker, as part of the Capital’s 150th Birthday celebrations.

Mayor Wade-Brown says the Wellington Commonwealth Walkway will be promoted into a network of cities across The Commonwealth with the aim of inspiring young people to begin walking for their health.

“Tourists will also be attracted to the city to discover our special place,” she says.

The Commonwealth Walkway concept has been developed by the London-based Outdoor Trust who have permission of Her Majesty the Queen to use her personal EIIR cypher to mark the walkway adjacent to the agreed points of interest

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