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.
The Framework’s purpose is to:
- provide the vision and flexibility to guide large projects over time
- communicate the design vision for the space beside the river
- coordinate projects in and around the river
Each year there will be more things to do and more people will spend more time at the Manawatū River Park.Manawatū River Framework vision
River Framework key directions
Connectivity - build the network first
Develop connections and junctions along the shared pathway in a consistent way, across the length and breadth of the park.
Uniqueness - create a distinctive sense of place
Create a range of spaces where different activities can happen in a way that is appropriate to the environment.
Destination - activate the river edge
Improve access points along the path to areas that are already used.
Express Rangitāne and Maori culture
Through storytelling and recognising significant sites.
Restore ecology and environmental quality
By encouraging projects that will improve water quality and mitigate flooding.
Create a sense of ownership
Engage communities to create spaces where people can have informal gatherings.