Park needs a decent water feature
Mr Amos (Letters July 13) is so right that a pond is needed in this area.
But the online questionnaire regarding the Maclean Park upgrade was a fiasco. He missed nothing by missing it. Three options were given, each featuring a tiny piece of pond for splash play.
I had a conversation with Guy Burns (Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board) when he attended a Saturday morning beach market late last year. He obviously does not have the ear of the landscape artists who drew up the potential new plans. The duck pond is the only sizeable water feature in the whole area and is a valuable asset because of this.It would be a simple job to divert part of the adjacent stream to provide moving water, instead of the fountains. Diverted water is free - it just flows out to sea in a different direction.
The leaks in the pond can stay - no repairs needed - the flow continues, a much cheaper option.
Why not extend a boulevard alongside a little creek that would feed the pond, with a cutesy little bridge over it? Children feed the ducks and fish for tadpoles. Families take their oldies out to lunch, then stroll around to watch the kids at play.
Incidentally, the water has never drained right out of the pond in 6 months, proving that any leaks are around the sides, not on the bottom. It ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Four ducks are making whoopee there right now.
BEING SAFE ON THE BICYCLE
In Trevor Hurliman’s letter on July 20, accusations were again levelled at adults and children.
You are quite right that children and adults ought not to cycle on the footpath, but have you ever stopped to think why they feel safer there?
I have cycled in many countries, but only here in New Zealand experienced an unwelcome impatience of motorists. In Europe the motorist has to prove he/she was not at fault in an accident between a bicycle and a motor vehicle. My hope is that this law will be implemented here. In the meantime we are vulnerable, look after us.
Trevor is particularly speaking about Mill Rd and Main St (in the Village): Mill Rd has the best cycle lane in the whole district, it is respected by motorists and the speed limit through the village has been set to 30kmh, particularly to protect children and adults cycling.
So why are children and adults still cycling on the footpath? I suspect that parents just haven’t noticed the cycle lanes.
We may need more signs, Kapiti Coast District Council and the logos on the road need sprucing up.
From the village to the sea the widened Tasman Rd footpath is available for bicycles. Through the village you need to cycle in the middle of the road, if oncoming traffic there is no room for vehicles to pass you safely (1.5 m). Pull in as soon as it is safe.
Research both overseas and in New Zealand show that the more people cycling the safer it is.
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Maclean Park at Paraparaumu Beach is currently under review.