Tasman District Council has opened a small number of parks closed last month because of the fire risk for the weekend and beyond.

While the rain did not break the drought it has lessened the very real fire risk in some areas to the extent we can feel confident about peoples’ safety in some of our parks said Tasman Reserves Manager Richard Hollier.

“We know people have been hanging out to get out into the fabulous parks due to the restrictions over the last month. So today we have been actively reviewing with FENZ which parks we can open safely.

“In Tasman we are opening all of Rough and Moturoa/Rabbit Island and the tracks in the Kingsland forest park. In opening these areas because of the continuing fire risk and associated risks there are some conditions.

The barbecues on Rough and Moturoa/Rabbit Islands are locked and not to be used and if hot, sunny and windy conditions return please limit your park visits to the morning.

All these openings will be reviewed on Wednesday next week (13 March) where, depending on the weather conditions and fire risk, decisions will be made whether to provide more access, retain the restricted access or reclose the reserves and parks identified above.

Remember if you see smoke or any sign of fire please call 111 immediately.