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Two city recreational reserves closed

Saturday March 28 2020

Palmerston North’s Arapuke Bike Park and the Gordon Kear Forest are now closed for public use.

“We know how popular these two sites are with our community in normal circumstances, however, the decision was made following national guidelines and DOC's decision to close their parks,” says PNCC EOC Controller Tom Williams.

“If these two reserves remained open, we would be unable to control how many people used them. We’re also supporting the government's call for people to ‘stay at home’.

“Another factor is a DHB recommendation people don’t undertake ‘extreme’ physical activity or sport to prevent injuries and accidents that could lead to further pressure on medical facilities and exposing risks to those working for emergency services.”

All of the city’s other parks and reserves remain open, apart from playground equipment.

“We have some great parks and reserves in our city that are still open for exercise for walking and jogging – but people need to take the advice of national leaders who are encouraging people to not undertake activities that present potential risks of injuries.

“We know this decision will be disappointing for regular users of the reserves, but Council wants to do all it can to support the fight against the spread of Covid-19, and keep people safe during this national isolation period.”

Vehicle access to the two closed reserves will be closed and signs installed.