The Manawatū River Framework provides strategic vision for any developments near the river, and recognises the importance of the river to the city. Ultimately, it aims to ensure that each year there will be more things to do, and more people will spend time at the Manawatū River Park.
We want the river to be a destination for people.
The framework is about enhancing physical connections with the river environment, expressing Rangitāne O Manawatū’s connection with the river, and creating a destination with things to do.
It defines four interconnected river environments – Rural West, Urban, Rural East and Gateway – and key directions and design principles to identify opportunities for improving the river environment.
Its purpose is to:
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Develop connections and junctions along the shared pathway in a consistent way, across the length and breadth of the park.
Create a range of spaces where different activities can happen in a way that is appropriate to the environment.
Improve access points along the path to areas that are already used.
Through storytelling and recognising significant sites.
By encouraging projects that will improve water quality and mitigate flooding.
Engage communities to create spaces where people can have informal gatherings.