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Papamoa Hills Regional Park reopened

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 5:20 p.m.

Papamoa Hills Regional Park has reopened, following a temporary closure due to poor weather conditions. 

The Park was closed for several hours today, due to the high winds buffeting the local area. 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Manager Land Resources (Western), Robyn Skelton said the high winds made it unsafe for people to walk the trails leading to the summit.

"The walk to the summit of the Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park is spectacular, but the peak is more than 220 metres above sea level so it is also affected by changing weather conditions," Ms Skelton said. 

"The safety of Park users is paramount to Regional Council so we took the precaution of temporarily closing the Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park early last night, and reopening when the wind had eased around midday today. 

"The many parks and reserves across the Bay of Plenty are terrific places to enjoy the natural environment and get some exercise, but it's important for everyone to check the weather conditions before they head out," she said.

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