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.