The Bruce Scott Memorial Walkway

A  path meanders beside the Tekapo River. Young saplings have been planted. A large rock stands proudly beside a seat and on it is a brass plaque.

            Sit awhile and contemplate the view. Stroll further down the path as the vista opens to include the small stone church. Another seat awaits for you to pause, to quietly absorb the atmosphere. the new Footbrodge arches acroos the scene.

         The Lake Tekapo Lions wanted to recognise the long and active service Bruce Scott, who died in 2009, had given to the community of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding district. Together with Bruce’s older brother, David, the Lions gave up their time and expertise to landscape a memorial walkway for locals and visitors to enjoy. Within two hours of the first seat being fixed in position, two people were enjoying the view. It rarely remains unoccupied.

Colin Maclaren drew up a landscape design. Rob Allan brought his digger, Ivan Eason carved the seats, Lions and David hauled and dug and toiled. David chose the trees. Three scarlet oaks because there was one at Godley homestead and Bruce had donated one for Murray Park and he loved them anyway. Three native ribbon woods because it was a bunch of those luxurious white blooms that Bruce presented as his first bouquet to his wife, Liz. 

The walkway was opened in 2010. The then mayor, John O’Neill, gave an opening speech remembering Bruce’s work as a counselor and as mayor. Bruce was mayor of this district in 1989 – 92. This was at the time of the nationwide reforms of local government. Mackenzie District was not amalgamated because we were too isolated and very effective on our own. But it was Bruce at the helm at that time that helped bring this realisation to the powers that be.

Bruce was born on the Godley Station and spent his life there, raising a family and becoming a stalwart of the community. He and Liz bought the station when his parents retired but it still remained a welcoming family home for the wider Scott family. They made the big change from station life to village life in 1995. Bruce remained committed to the district and helping others. It was not until 2004 that Bruce became a Lion. He bought the plantation that the Lions over the past few years have been clearing for firewood. And when Bruce was responsible for the wood chopping he saw to it that 120 cord was chopped in one year!

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