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Grand Opening Manawatu River Pathway extension between Ashhurst Bridge and Raukawa Road

River walkwayCouncil has recently completed the 3km long first stage of the Manawatu River Pathway extension between Ashhurst Bridge and Raukawa Road.  Please come and celebrate the occasion at the grand opening on Saturday 30 November 2013 at 2pm underneath Ashhurst Bridge.

This is the first of three stages towards extending the pathway generally along the right bank of the Manawatu River from Ashhurst Bridge to Riverside Drive (where the existing 10km long section of the pathway currently ends).  When the next two stages are completed over the next couple of years they will combine to form a continuous 3m wide shared pathway for a distance of over 22km from Ashhurst to Maxwells Line in the west of Palmerston North.

The project continues to have great support from a number of people and organisations. 

This ranges from those who had the vision 50 years ago to build such a pathway, right through to recent times where private landowners working in partnership with Council have allowed the pathway to be constructed where there has been little or no public access since European settlement.

After the formalities are over you are welcome to come for an easy 45 minute walk or a 15 minute bike ride to experience the pathway as it showcases the Manawatu River and provides expansive views of the Tararua and Ruahine Ranges.  There will be buses available at the Raukawa Road end to take you back to Ashhurst Domain.

Date Saturday 30 November 2013 at 2pm.

Location          At the large clearing underneath Ashhurst Bridge (northern end).

Carparking     In Ashhurst Domain and along Napier Road (SH3) adjacent to the Domain.

Other              There will be a sausage sizzle, drinking water and toilets available.

It would be great to see you there so please RSVP by Friday 15 November 2013 if you and any of your family and friends wish to come along.  The event will be open to the general public and is being publicised locally in Ashhurst. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me by phone: (06) 3568199 or