Swing bridge may hold sway in reserve

A swing bridge is likely to be the next feature in the development of Palmerston North's Linklater Reserve.

The Kelvin Grove Community Association is raising $10,000 and the Fitzherbert Lions have $4000 to meet half the price of the project.

City council senior property and parks planner Aaron Phillips said both groups were "fantastic" supporters of the developing reserve.

He said the bridge would be constructed above a gully that had been planted. It would connect to existing paths, and was designed to add a sense of adventure.

"It's basically a piece of play equipment that will be narrow and intentionally wobbly."

It would not be suitable for people with disabilities who would be encouraged to stick to the paths.

There is a total of $106,000 in the council's budget this year for further development of the block.

Phillips said most of the money was earmarked for the bridge, for bringing a water connection to the boundary to service future facilities such as toilets and drinking fountains, and for infill planting.

The balance would be spent on designs for opening up and developing the remaining 20 hectares of the land for public use.

The long term plan currently has more than $1 million set aside for the reserve from 2016-17 onwards, which is subject to change during next year's review of the council's long term plan.

The first 5.5ha section of the reserve was officially opened on a community planting day in May 2011. The council had bought 30 hectares from the Linklater family in 1995, later selling 4.4ha to help pay for developing the balance.

The development of the reserve is likely to feature on the agenda of the Kelvin Grove Community Association's annual meeting next Saturday, July 19.

Manawatu Standard