The new junior bike park in Mataura is a safe place for the community and children of the town, Mataura Community Board chairman Alan Taylor says.
The bike park, which is on the corner of Nuffield and Oakland Sts, was an extension of Queens Park but separate from the BMX park being developed in Tulloch Park, Mr Taylor said.
The park, which was almost complete except for finishing touches, would cater for preschool to primary school-aged children.
“The younger children need a safe, fun place now that the swimming pool is gone,” Mr Taylor said.
The park would be fenced off and was placed in a good location in the town.
The junior bike park, which is a community board initiative, has received strong backing from the community.
“We had a lot of volunteers come down and help develop the park,” he said.
The park was adding to the assets of the town, such as the Plunket playground that was built in 2015 and was well-loved, he said.
Mr Taylor said it only took small changes to make a difference, and the bike park was a great example of that.
Some children had already tested it and there had even been requests for a mobility scooter test run.
‘There has been a very positive reaction to the park.”
It would be up and running mid-spring after plants and trees were in the ground and ready to grow, Mr Taylor said.