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New Kapiti public seats ‘encourage excercise’

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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REST STOP: Tiffany Jackson sitting on one of the new seats.

MORE than $25,000 will be spent on a dozen new public seats on the Kapiti Coast over the next year.

Paraparaumu/Raumati will get five, Otaki two and Paekakariki one, while Waikanae already has four installed.

“Providing street furniture encourages walking to/from main areas and provides a resting spot along the way if required,” says Tiffany Jackson, a member of the Kapiti Coast District Council roading team.

The council is spending about $2200 on each seat, including the cost of installation.

In her report proposing the seating, Ms Jackson identified key areas that generate high volumes of pedestrian traffic.

Locations were based on town centres, shops, retirement villages and rest homes, railway stations, schools and medical centres.

The allocations depended on the population of each district, the number of current seats and requests from the community.

The new seats in Waikanae are at
• the corner of Winara Ave and Karariki Grove, as it is on a route to a bushwalk, near a primary school, a kindergarten and the Winara Rest Home;
• the corner of Stuart St and Belvedere Ave, as it offers a rest about halfway between the commercial area and Parkvale Retirement Village;
• the corner of Rimu St and Ngarara Rd, as the site provides for pedestrians walking to the playground, the school, the swimming pool, and rest homes;
• the corner of Te Moana Rd and Park Ave, a  location within the area of Melt Cafe, the golf course and sports grounds.

All of the Kapiti district will be assessed as part of the review of street furniture to see what the needs of the community are, says Ms Jackson.

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