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Wellington Park reopens for exercise

WELLINGTON Park has reopened for recreational use, with all walking tracks and mountain bike tracks in the park open for people, who live within 30 kilometres.

The opening of Wellington Park for exercise follows the Tasmanian Government’s announcement that all national parks and reserves in Tasmania would open for people who live within 30 kilometres of those areas.

The Tasmanian Government underlined that national parks and reserves were only opened for the purpose of exercise, with visitors still required to abide by all social distancing guidelines, including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres.

“Anyone living within 30 kilometres is free to enter the Park for exercise and that will come as a great relief to many people,” Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“This is not back to normal – only visit Wellington Park for exercise and while in the Park please continue to practice social distancing to keep everyone safe.”

Lord Mayor Reynolds said Pinnacle Road up to the summit was still closed for the time being along with the observation shelter at the summit and the toilets at both the summit and Springs.

“If you are planning to drive up you will only be able to get as far as Ferntree, after that you will need to access the park by cycling in or on foot,” she said.

“We will open Pinnacle Road as soon as we are advised by the Government that we can do so – please check our website for updates.”

Wellington Park is managed by Wellington Park Management Trust.

The Trust closed the park on Thursday 26 March.

All City-managed parks and reserves have remained open for exercise during the restrictions and that will continue.

Caption: Trail running and walking on Organ Pipes Track. Photo credit: John Sampson.