The first pour of concrete seals the shape of the Esplanade mini-golf course

Concrete is poured for the first holes of the Middle Districts Lions Club mini-golf course being built on the Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North.

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Concrete is poured for the first holes of the Middle Districts Lions Club mini-golf course being built on the Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North.

Palmerston North Mini Golf at Victoria Esplanade began to rise above ground level with poured concrete for the first six holes on Tuesday morning.

Work on the Middle Districts Lions Club‘s $350,000 project began in February, and club member Phil Belk said thanks to the good weather, everything was still on track to be finished in time for the school holidays. of July.

It had taken a lot of work to prepare the 1300 square meters of soggy land between the children’s playground and the hockey pitches for the last attraction on the Esplanade.

With the Covid-19 pandemic limiting traditional fundraising, the club was heavily reliant on sponsors and contractors offering good deals.

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“All we do is pay for the concrete.”

Higgins Family Holdings provided support for all earthworks and base metals, as well as transportation provided by Base Solutions.

Next steps would include establishing a kiosk that would be manned by volunteers from all local Lions clubs and would have the consent to sell a range of ice cream and packaged refreshments.

Belk said the kiosk would be built by GJ Gardner, with local companies Kynoch, Colspec and Isles Construction volunteering their work.

“The support from local businesses has been fantastic.”

Each of the holes was developed by a sponsor, with the first eight and the 18th fully accessible to people and children with reduced mobility.

Details about the nature and style of each hole were still kept as a surprise, but there would be at least one round.

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Concrete is being transported by truck to form the first holes of the Middle Districts Lions Mini Golf Course at Victoria Esplanade.

Once completed, the Lions aimed to operate the new gaming activity for approximately 165 days per year, depending on the weather.

It would open on weekends, public holidays and school vacations.

As well as attracting regular visitors to the Esplanade, Belk said it would provide another activity for visitors attending games at the hockey fields nearby.

There had also been interest in opening for certain corporate events during the year.

Lions volunteers would perform all maintenance, including daily grooming to sweep leaves and acorns from mature trees retained around the site.

The golf course would be fenced off from other Esplanade attractions, as there would be a charge which the club hoped would be family friendly, and all profits would be reinvested in community activities.

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