Feild­ing could get fenced play­ground

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - What’s On - SAM KILMISTER

Par­ents could soon let their chil­dren run wild with­out fear at a play­ground in a Feild­ing park.

The Manawatu Dis­trict Coun­cil will con­sider con­sol­i­dat­ing two play­grounds at Kowhai Park and in­stalling a fence around them in its 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.

Dur­ing its An­nual Plan process, coun­cil­lors voted to look at fenc­ing one of the town’s play­ground, with the most suit­able one lo­cated at the park on South St.

Res­i­dent Nikki Speedy has been a vo­cal sup­porter of the devel­op­ment, rais­ing a pe­ti­tion with 222 sig­na­tures.

At the mo­ment there is only one fenced play­ground in the dis­trict, lo­cated in Ron­gotea.

That needs to change, ac­cord­ing to Speedy.

‘‘We have a num­ber of play­grounds in Feild­ing, but all are close to ei­ther roads or wa­ter­ways, which pose risks to our lit­tle peo­ple,’’ she said.

In­vest­ing in a fenced play­ground would pro­vide par­ents with ‘‘peace of mind’’ and sup­port the coun­cil’s strate­gic aim for the dis­trict to be ‘‘the best place to raise a fam­ily’’, Speedy said.

The Feild­ing Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee also weighed in. In its sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil’s An­nual Plan the com­mit­tee asked for a se­cured fence with gates that could not be climbed or opened by a tod­dler and small chil­dren.

‘‘The care­giver would have the con­fi­dence that a mo­ment of dis­trac­tion won’t end sadly.’’

Manawatu Dis­trict Coun­cil com­mu­nity and strat­egy gen­eral man­ager Brent Lim­mer said none of the Feild­ing play­grounds were suit­able for the in­stal­la­tion of fenc­ing.

It would cost about $150,000 for a new fenced play­ground, he said.

This it would in­clude mov­ing play­ground equip­ment from the Makino precinct and left side of Kowhai Park over to the right.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

The Kowhai Park play­ground ar­eas in Feild­ing could soon have a fence in­stalled around the perime­ter.

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