Strategy deadline extended
Palmerston North residents inspired by the success of Kiwi Olympians to improve their own fitness have been granted a time extension to comment on the city council's draft active recreation strategy.
Policy analyst Tracey Hunt said with only ten submissions received, five in the pipeline and other organisations the council wanted to hear from yet to respond, the deadline has been put out to the end of August.
"Following New Zealand's and Manawatu's success at the Olympics I'm sure many residents will want to comment on Palmerston North's sporting facilities and their aspirations for sport in the city," she said.
"We hope it spurs people on to think about our own backyard."
She was organising meetings with some early submitters and other groups yet to get involved to encourage wider input into the strategy.
The council invests $5.83 a week for every ratepayer in parks and reserves, playgrounds, indoor sports facilities and pools.
But it wants to hear from people about whether that money is being spent in the right places, and what changes would make it easier for people to make better use of the facilities.
Individuals, schools, sports groups and other organisations are all expected to have an interest.
Ms Hunt said the whole strategy was based on the principle that with more people taking part in active recreation, whether competitively or casually, more people would enjoy health and wellbeing benefits.
In particular, the council wants ideas about how to promote recreational opportunities to get more people moving, how to develop the indoor sports hub of Arena Manawatu, and whether there should be more natural park areas.
Copies of the draft strategy are available online at pncc.govt.nz or from Customer Services in The Square.
Feedback can be emailed to email@example.com by Friday, August 31.
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