Yes, Laura is correct we are going to do something about the access at TK, as the first major development included in Project Refresh Anakiwa!
I think what will excite Laura most about the project is the plans for a floating pontoon for TK. As you know, TK is a very special place, it was gifted to Outward Bound by the Carey family in the late 1970’s. Over the years many volunteers have spent countless hours there creating a place for all to enjoy.
TK is used over our busy summer months to accommodate the extra number of students and used throughout the year for some of our 8 day adult and adapted courses, giving them their own space away from the hustle and bustle of the school. We also use it as a safety exit point for students on their sea scheme, if conditions turn rough.
You may have spent time at TK yourself while on your course. If not, you probably ventured past as the solo sites are dotted all around Torea Bay. So, you’ll be aware that TK is only accessible by sea.
A floating pontoon at TK will make it possible for students with disabilities to leave their limitations on shore. Once they get on the cutters it’s all about what they can do – like helming a Cutter! The floating pontoon will move up and down with the tide allowing easy access on and off the cutters, no more being uncomfortably hoisted as Laura experienced.
Check out an artist impression of what the floating pontoon at TK will look like below. We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of Project Refresh Anakiwa and especially our floating pontoon which Laura will be very excited to see.