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RE­GION: The traf­fic lights are in and work­ing at Palmer­ston North’s Ju­nior Road Safety Park ahead of its Novem­ber open­ing at The Es­planade.

The traf­fic lights are in and work­ing at Palmer­ston North’s Ju­nior Road Safety Park ahead of its Novem­ber open­ing.

Com­ple­tion of the $348,500 bike park on the for­mer care­taker’s prop­erty at Vic­to­ria Es­planade will mark the end of three-anda-half years of ad­vo­cacy and fundrais­ing.

With the city coun­cil con­tribut­ing $100,000 to the project, the rest has been raised by the Pas­cal Street Com­mu­nity Trust, with a raft of ex­tra spon­sor­ship and deals thrown in.

‘‘It’s been a real com­mu­nity ef­fort on this one,’’ said coun­cil leisure as­sets plan­ner Ja­son Pilk­ing­ton.

The con­cept of the bike park is to en­cour­age young chil­dren to prac­tise their cy­cling and road skills in a safe, fun space be­fore they go out in the traf­fic.

The lit­tle road­ing net­work has a round­about, other in­ter­sec­tions and a pedes­trian cross­ing.

There is also a pump track around the out­side.

Nearly ev­ery­thing on site was lo­cally made, sourced and discounted, in­clud­ing moulded, plas­tic seats that can be lit up to glow in colour, from Gary King at Ash­hurst’s Mould­ings Un­lim­ited.

The bulk of the project has been car­ried out by Hig­gins Con­trac­tors, with Swift­man­tis bring­ing an old shed to life with a mu­ral, and To­tal Sheet­met­als mak­ing ‘‘talk­ing tubes’’.

The park’s open day is on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25, start­ing at 10am.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/STUFF

An off-road round­about takes shape at Palmer­ston North’s ju­nior road safety park.

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