Park needs a de­cent water fea­ture

Kapiti Observer - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

Ruth Wilkin­son

Para­pa­raumu Beach

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.

Elis­a­beth Mikkelsen

Otaki Beach

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PHOTO: VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Maclean Park at Para­pa­raumu Beach is cur­rently un­der re­view.

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