Wilderness must stay people say
Palmerston North people want Waitoetoe Park to remain a wilderness area, but are keen to see more formal play equipment at Memorial Park.
The city council has finished consulting about public aspirations for the two parks, with planner Jason Pilkington delighted by the level of interest.
Via Facebook and other social media, more than 4000 people were reached about Waitoetoe Park, and more than 7000 about Memorial Park.
There were nearly 200 formal submissions about Waitoetoe Park, and nearly 300 on Memorial Park.
Pilkington said the full range of views was still being analysed, and the range of projects suggested would be presented to a councillors’ workshop in March.
Some themes had come through strongly.
Most people valued the wilderness nature of Waitoetoe Park, and wanted the area to be kept close to its natural state.
‘‘The message came from everyone – they do not want us to lay tarseal or grass and keep it neatly mown.’’
Heather Knox, who has promoted the development of a natural playground within the park, said people wanted it kept informal, in contrast to the formal layout of Victoria Esplanade.
At Memorial Park the focus of feedback had been on the play area and the public paddling pool, with calls for a water play area, more equipment and barbecues.
A community planting day at Waitoetoe Park.