Have your say on the MANAWATŪ RIVER PARK


The Manawatū River Park stretch­ing from the Manawatū Gorge to Long­burn will be­come the city’s largest recre­ation park pro­vid­ing a des­ti­na­tion for res­i­dents and visi­tors. Shared path­ways will run the length of the park on the north­ern bank of the Manawatū River, and the park will also in­clude a sig­nif­i­cant sec­tion of the south­ern bank. The park pro­posal is out­lined in the draft Manawatū River Frame­work, which Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil ap­proved for con­sul­ta­tion last month. Mayor Grant Smith says it’s now the public’s turn to have their say on the de­tails. “It is a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion chance to have your say on a pro­ject that will leave a fan­tas­tic legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.” City Plan­ner David Mur­phy says the aim is that ev­ery year there will be more to do, and more peo­ple will spend time in the Manawatū River Park. Work on the park will con­tinue over sev­eral decades. At this point, the coun­cil has set aside just un­der $1.2 mil­lion to spend on projects over the next five years, and it is on these ideas Coun­cil is seek­ing feed­back on. Pol­icy Plan­ner (Ur­ban De­sign) Jen­nifer Ester­man says the Frame­work will help ce­ment a con­nec­tion with the river in the lives of gen­er­a­tions to come. “We need to hear from in­di­vid­u­als and groups to find out what their dreams and as­pi­ra­tions are for the river. What fa­cil­i­ties do they want? It might be pic­nic ar­eas, skate­board fa­cil­i­ties, views of the river, ac­cess to swimming spots, or im­proved ac­cess for those with dis­abil­i­ties.” Res­i­dents are be­ing asked to con­sider their thoughts on: • The over­ar­ch­ing plan and the cre­ation of four dis­tinct

zones: Ru­ral West, Ur­ban, Ru­ral East and The Gate­way • The pal­let of ma­te­ri­als and the types of plants to be used

in the park given much of it is in a flood zone • The sort of fa­cil­i­ties they would like to see • Have we got the pro­ject time-frames right? • Would you be in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in Place­mak­ing

ac­tiv­i­ties in the Park?

The con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod runs from 20 July 2015 un­til 28 Au­gust. You can view the Draft Manawatū River Frame­work at

pncc.govt.nz or your lo­cal li­brary. In Novem­ber, sub­mis­sions will be pre­sented to the Sport and Recre­ation Com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion and a fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tion will go be­fore the full Coun­cil later this year.

“In­di­vid­u­ally, each pro­ject will ben­e­fit some sec­tor of the com­mu­nity – put them to­gether, and they will trans­form the en­vi­ron­ment and our re­la­tion­ship

with the river,” says Mr Mur­phy.

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