Our City Centre Streetscape Plan brings together eight linked projects to develop pedestrian friendly public spaces, cultivate a lively economy after 5pm, and attract more private investment in the city centre.
People love our Central Library building and respect its heritage and design. We want to ensure it's ready and relevant for the next generation with an improved layout, better connection to the street, and more access to the latest technology.
We want to see Palmerston North positioned as a national – and even international – arts powerhouse. Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History is key to achieving this vision. Te Manawa is run by Te Manawa Museums Trust. Council owns the buildings and gives the trust an annual grant ($3.1m this year).
The trust has a proposal to redevelop the facility. This would expand Te Manawa’s regional and national profile through enhanced visitor experiences, including blockbuster exhibitions with greater accessibility to collections and the use of more exciting technologies.
Council and the trust are working on a business case study to investigate the proposal further. If the project goes ahead then the bulk of the funds will be raised by the trust, with a Council contribution.
Palmerston North’s Central Energy Trust Arena is the lower North Island’s regional sports and events hub. The multipurpose centre caters for many different sporting codes, community activities, trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, and concerts.
While there are fit for purpose facilities within the Arena, there are areas that could be improved. Partnerships are an important part of our work and we've identified an opportunity to create better synergies by basing Sport Manawatū and other sports organisations at Central Energy Trust Arena.
The masterplan for Central Energy Trust Arena shows how these improvements will occur. Many of the projects in the plan are joint projects, involving external funding such as donations, grants and sponsorship.
While we are planning for the future we also want to look at our past. The Council wants Palmerston North to embrace its iwi heritage and partnership, and for people connect with the city’s past by celebrating its history and heritage. We also work with Rangitāne o Manawatū and the owners of heritage buildings in Palmerston North to ensure that sites of heritage significance are protected.
You can find more information about what we’re doing in the city centre by looking through our strategies and plans, in particular those listed here.