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Security guard to remind people of park closures

Thursday May 7 2020

A security guard will be stationed outside Arapuke Mountain Bike Park and the Kahuterawa Reserve this weekend to remind people not to use the parks.

The Palmerston North City Council has kept the two parks closed during alert level 3 as it cannot ensure that inexperienced riders or day walkers are using the mountain bike trails or Sledge Track.

Signs are up at the site, but both the Police and Council have received reports of large numbers of people gathering at and using the parks.

PNCC Chief Infrastructure Officer, Tom Williams, says the parks will reopen under alert level 2, so is encouraging people to be patient and find another spot for exercise.

"We're blessed to have a huge number of walking tracks throughout our district, including the Te Apiti and Manawatū River walkways. They don't require people to be as fit as the Sledge Track, so now is a perfect time to explore them. If you're after mountain bike jumps, we'd encourage you to try the ones at Ahimate Reserve or at the Ruamahanga entrance to the Manawatū River instead."