Manawatu¯ River Park needs you

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - DOWN­LOAD IT Down­load the Draft Manawatu River Frame­work doc­u­ment from pncc.govt.nz. All sub­mis­sions will go be­fore the Sport and Re­ceation Com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore a fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tion is made later this year.

The public are to have in­put into a new park along the Manawatu¯ River.

Stretch­ing from the Manawatu¯ Gorge to Long­burn, the Manawatu¯ River Park will be­come the city’s largest recre­ation amenity. Shared path­ways will run along the western bank of the river, while the park will in­clude a sig­nif­i­cant sec­tion of the eastern bank.

The out­line of the 30-year park pro­posal is in the draft Manawatu¯ River Frame­work, which the coun­cil ap­proved for con­sul­ta­tion last month. Work on the park will con­tinue over sev­eral decades. The coun­cil has set aside just un­der $1.2 mil­lion to spend over the next five years, and it is seek­ing feed­back about what it should be spent on.

Mayor Grant Smith says it’s a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion chance for peo­ple to have their say on a pro­ject that will ‘‘leave a fan­tas­tic legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions’’.

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