Flying fox to return

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Ashburton District Council announce the domain’s flying fox will return, better yet, there will be two.
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Staff at Ashburton District Council are preparing a summer surprise in the Ashburton Domain – two new flying foxes that will run side-by-side.

The Open Spaces team have been working on the surprise which will see the 50m flying foxes installed on the eastern side of the walkway running from the central car park to Walnut Avenue.

Council made the announcement this week and say work will begin soon on the necessary infrastructure to try to get it up and running early in the New Year.

Works includes a soil mound at the southern end with a long ramp for accessibility.

Softfall material will be added underneath.

People using the domain over the next few weeks will notice earthworks and construction at the site, with the installation team working flat out to try to have it up and running early in the new year.

The much-loved old flying fox, which ran alongside the Walnut Avenue boundary, was taken down in 2020. The new one is part of a 30-year development plan for the domain.

The Walnut Avenue site of the former, popular flying fox removed in early 2020.