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Horowhenua District Council has opted in to save the iconic Levin Adventure Park, allowing children to continue enjoying their most favourite playground.
The decision was made in a meeting on November 11, to take over the expiring lease, which is subject to the Crown agency agreement.
Councillors opted to take over that lease, that is currently held by Levin Adventure Park Charitable Trust (LAPT) — the expiry was set for 21 February 2021, safeguarding the park's immediate future.
The park is on Crown land and is currently leased to the Levin Adventure Park Charitable Trust for a 10-year period.
Crown agent Colliers has offered a new three-year lease to the LAPT. Several terms are included that is, a six-month break period clause that allows the Crown to terminate the lease at any time, with a six months’ notice. The leaseholder would then be required to remove all improvements to the site, such as buildings and playground equipment, at its own cost.
Because of the new terms included, the parks land that is seven acres has been land-banked for Treaty settlements.
A letter sent to Horowhenua District Council Chief Executive David Clapperton from Levin Adventure Park Charitable Trust trustees said that they unanimously agreed not to renew the lease under the new terms and suggest that the Council take over and save it.
The train ride, that's famous for its rides for children will be maintained by a new volunteer group to be established by current trustees, the letter stated.
Mayor Bernie Wanded said that the Council recognised the importance of the Levin Adventure Park to locals and visitors likewise.
“The Adventure Park is one of the most popular parks in the district for families to bring their kids to play, as well as to be an ideal site for events and festivals, such as our upcoming Christmas Carnival. It’s a great recreational asset for our community.”
“It’s also a key visitor attraction for Levin, an overnight camping spot for self-contained motorhomes, and a popular place for people travelling through the district to stop, and families and friends to meet.”
The council has maintained the park since 2009, and it currently funds the cost of maintenance, insurance, rates and rent.
Levin Adventure Park Charitable Trust in current times acts as a guardian for the park, by promoting it and fundraising for additional development including running and maintaining the children's train.
Image: CC/ Sam Hudson
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