Play initiative takes over central city

Anyone for a spot of sport in The Square?

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 14:44 12/06/2014
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PLACE TO PLAY: From left, Sport Manawatu's Angela Rainham and Trevor Shailer, along with Rachel Bowen from Palmerston North City Council give the equipment a whirl.

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Anyone keen on getting active in the inner city now has the opportunity to partake in a spot of jump rope, soccer or backyard cricket using sports gear left at Palmerston North's green spaces.

Sport Manawatu's ''Places to Play'' campaign has infiltrated the city centre, with hundreds of dollars worth of sports gear being housed at the iSite for city workers, children or bus commuters to use.

The campaign has seen gear donated to local churches, community centres and schools around the city for people to use.

This week the scheme made its way to The Square with business-suit clad workers joining city councillors to test out the equipment.

The city centre was the perfect spot to encourage more physical activity to take place, city councillor Rachel Bowen said.

''There are times of the days when we have four or five buses in and sometimes people can be in town for a few hours waiting for a bus connection... hopefully they think, there's a ball at the iSite, let's have a kick around in The Square,'' she said.

''It's a great way to introduce people to our city and Palmerston North as a place to play.''

Sport Manawatu chief executive Trevor Shailer said the scheme gave people a supportive environment to try something new.

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- Manawatu Standard

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