“Children can learn about road rules in a fun, safe environment,” says Jason Pilkington, PNCC Leisure Assets Planner. “We can teach them road skills from an early age, which is great for their development.”
The Junior Road Safety Park will also include working traffic lights, seating, shelters and a bike station where tyres can be pumped up.
Pascal Street Community Trust fundraised close to $250,000, while Palmerston North City Council provided $100,000 towards the project.
The park is located in Victoria Esplanade, on the old caretaker’s property near the children’s playground off Fitzherbert Avenue – a perfect location for the little roading network.
“The proximity of the Manawatū River shared pathway will provide further off-road opportunities for children to practise their biking skills,” says Mr Pilkington. “This is a great way to encourage our kids to be outside.”
As part of the Manawatū River Framework implementation plan, Council is working on a series of cycling activities from Waitoetoe Park down to Riverside Drive.
Construction of the park started in early September and is expected to be complete by this November.