Over time, the different activities happening on the lagoon, teamed with aging structures lining the bank, have led to the failure of the lagoon’s edge. This poses a health and safety issue for users and makes the lagoon less attractive.
We’re upgrading the bank to future proof it, restore it to a more natural state, and create better access to the water. We want to see more people engaging with the flora and fauna, so a small boardwalk will be added, as well as viewing platforms. We’re also widening the path in some areas and building a new one.
Last summer (2019-20) we started work at the lagoon end. This summer we'll resume at the Albert Street end. We need the water level of the lagoon to be low to carry out the work, which is why we can only do it during summer.
Council is working with Horizons Regional Council, Rangitāne o Manawatū, Kiwi Canoe Polo, Palmerston North Canoe Club, and Caccia Birch on this project.
The Hokowhitu Lagoon forms part of the Manawatū River Park and was once part of the Manawatū River.
To Rangitāne the area was once known for its thriving eel population. These days it’s a hotspot for water sport.
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This work forms part of our Active Communities Plan (one of our plans related to Council's goal to be a creative and exciting city) and Manawatū River Framework, which has a goal of getting more people to visit and enjoy the river each year.