Blokart track planned for Sanson park
Sanson will be home to an all-weather blokart track, the first in the lower North Island, thanks to a $30,000 grant.
The Eastern and Central Community Trust is donating the money to the Manawatu Blokart Club to tarseal 8400 square metres at the old Sanson rugby ground.
"We're developing an all-weather track," club president Gary Clark said.
"Our aim is to have the best track in the lower North Island."
The plan was to seal a 90m-by-90m area to allow blokarting with any wind direction.
The facility would also be available for use by other groups such as schools doing road safety, model aeroplane clubs and inline skating.
The club is hosting a North Island competition at Ohakea this weekend and an all-weather track would mean competitions could be held in Sanson.
"That would mean an influx of people putting money back into the Sanson community."
Last year the community trust provided $10,000 toward the first stage of the park's development, which involved flattening the surface of the disused rugby field.
That donation enabled the blokart club to leverage about $70,000 of support for the park.
A trust spokesman said the area was becoming a hub for several fringe sports, including lawnmower and radio controlled off-road vehicle racing.
As a result of ongoing development, the blokart club membership has increased significantly, to more than 50 members.
Blokarting is rapidly developing as an internationally competitive sport, with land yachts being raced at speeds of up to 130kmh.
The Eastern and Central Community Trust has also announced a range of other donations to Manawatu groups.
The Salvation Army will receive $4000 towards maintenance and equipment for its community garden. Hiwinui School will get $8000 to build a bike skills track, Massey University Students' Association $7400 for sports kits and the Tu Toa Project $5000 for uniforms and equipment.
Receiving $4000 each would be Arohanui Hospice, Palmerston North Women's Health Collective, Makino Rotary Club, Manawatu Chinese Association, Feilding Old Boys Oroua Rugby Football Club, Highland Home Christian Camp, Methodist Social Service Centre and Journeys to Wellbeing.