Bike park plans on track

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - JA­NINE RANKIN

Plans for the de­vel­op­ment of Palmer­ston North’s ju­nior road safety park are al­most over the line.

De­signs for the park at Vic­to­ria Es­planade have been re­fined, the money is al­most se­cure, and the contract is about to go out to ten­der for con­struc­tion of the lit­tle bike tracks this sum­mer.

The Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has a bud­get of $100,000 to sup­port the project to give young chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise rid­ing, ne­go­ti­at­ing in­ter­sec­tions and learn­ing road safety rules.

The Pas­cal St Com­mu­nity Trust has worked with with the project’s ini­tia­tors to raise about $240,000 to com­plete the tracks and fa­cil­i­ties.

Trustee Karen Nay­lor said the money was al­most all in place, with one last grant to be con­firmed when fi­nal costs were known.

The re­vised plans in­cluded changes to orig­i­nal con­cepts to make the track sim­pler, im­prove recre­ational spa­ces, and in­clude a garage and a shed.

Coun­cil se­nior plan­ner Jeff Baker said old im­ple­ment sheds on the for­mer care­taker’s house prop­erty would be re-used.

One of them would be used as a stor­age shed for a col­lec­tion of bikes and the other would strad­dle the ad­ja­cent pump track so chil­dren could ride straight through it.

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Plans for Palmer­ston North’s ju­nior road safety park to be built at Vic­to­ria Es­planade have been re­fined.

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