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Getting active in North Shore City

July 11, 2005

Getting active in North Shore City

North Shore City Council has just accepted a physical challenge - to get young people across the city moving.

Its Youth Destinations Plan is specifically aimed at getting nine to 15-year-olds to become more active in their leisure time.

Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) has given $615,000 over three years to support the project under their Active Communities initiative.

North Shore City Community Services and Parks Committee chairperson, Margaret Miles, says the key to getting young people moving is giving them the opportunity.

"The idea is that by providing them with a place to go and things to do, they will naturally be more active," she says.

"We're trying to offer a range of activities reserves and playgrounds, such as street skate and cycle parks, three by three basketball courts and half netball courts."

The Youth Destination Plan was put together after consultation with the North Shore Youth Council, and surveys at the places young people enjoy.

"Our plan is not just about building things, but combining different activities in one place so they can choose what they want to do," says Councillor Miles.

The funding from SPARC will also see the Summer Fun programme, which is aimed at children eight-years-old and younger, expanded

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