The application for a licence to build and run the course was made by a commercial business.
The course, which would occupy 585 square meters of land among the trees near the skate park, would be available for climbing and swinging activities. Designed for a maximum of 20 people at any one time, it is likely to be popular with school groups and organisations looking for team building opportunities. It would also be available for use by the general public.
“The course would provide another outdoor recreation activity in the central city for both locals and visitors to enjoy,” says John Brenkley, Council parks and property manager.
“There are number of similar courses throughout the country which are used by schools, workplaces, and community groups to build confidence, leadership skills, and strong work ethics.”
The Council consulted with the public on the proposal late last year and again in April 2016. Of the 47 submissions received, 34 were in favour and 13 opposed. The main concerns raised were the reduction in green space and a question as to whether the Railway Land was the best location.
“The total area of the Railway Land is 35,111 square metres so there would still be plenty of green space available for public use and for temporary activities such as the motorhome display and Zirka Circus,” says Brenkley.
“A number of other sites were considered but the Railway Land was deemed most suitable given its central location and the close proximity of the toilets and drinking fountain. It’s also likely to be very popular with young people so it makes sense for it to be located close to the skate park.”
The course would be run by a highly experienced operator and would be approved by Worksafe New Zealand. Measures would be put in place to prevent unsupervised use of the course outside of operating hours.
The course would cost in the vicinity of $37.50 per person for a three hour group session and around $20 for the general public, which covers two activities on the ropes.
Consent from the Minister for Conservation is required before the licence can be granted. The applicant will then need to apply for a resource consent.