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by Chris Tobin

Plans for a new bike park at Caroline Bay have received a boost.

Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury has given the Lions Club of Timaru Suburban $75,000 for the project.

Club president Bruce Fraser said the money was a huge help.

“The background is we as a Lions group were challenged by our international body to start a centennial project to benefit our community,” Mr Fraser said.

“Things are now slowly falling into place. The $75,000 has been a great way to get it up and running.

“Our next step is to approach the community, businesses and the general public for additional funding.”

The total cost of the project was expected to be about $500,000.

The bike park would be located next to the skate bowl at the bay, covering about a quarter of a hectare.

Mr Fraser said the Timaru District Council had given its approval for the project subject to the finances being in place, and the club had received support from the Aoraki Foundation.

The bike park would be great fun for families and would have an educational component as well, where children could develop their riding skills in a safe environment, he said.

It would not be fenced off.

“There will be traffic lights and give way signs.

“The whole concept is a good fit with our youth and our community.”

Fellow Lions club member Vicki Gould, who is also on the project’s committee, said the inspiration for the bike park came from one club members had seen at Napier.

She hoped businesses such as earthmoving companies could support them by donating their time.

The latest grants

Among other Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury funding grants given in the latest round were:

  • $150,000 for developing the South Canterbury Eco-centre.
  • $55,000 to Geraldine Bowls towards installing a new all-weather bowling green.
  • $50,000 to the South Canterbury Hockey Turf Trust for LED lighting on both hockey turfs at Aorangi Park.
  • $30,000 for the Lake Tekapo School-community pool.
  • $29,000 to the Mackenzie Community Enhancement Board for a skate and scooter park on the Fairlie Village Green.
  • $23,300 towards a storage shed for the Pleasant Point Cricket Club.
  • $15,000 per annum for three years to Centrecare Counselling, Waimate.