Meetings
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Lions Annual Christmas tree sale

Gisborne Xmas Tree Sales

Salvation Army Hall

389 Gladstone Road

Saturday

12 and 19 December 2020

7am to 11am

All proceeds to local charities

 

Lions express train

Lions Express train at the Adventure Playgound

The lions express train station and ticket office is next  to the Junior Cycle park in the adventure playgound.  It runs on the grass around the inside the Adventure Playground.

Each train ride costs $2 (except for chikldren under 2 years of age, they ride free)

Running times are:

(Summer in daylight savings time) Saturday & Sunday 11am to 3pm

(Winter - in standard time) Sunday 11am to 3pm

Public holidays - 11am to 3pm

 

Proposed new Lions Express train

new Lions trin to be sourced

Kids can look forward to a brand new train operating at the Adventure Playground.

Gisborne Wainui Lions Club members have not rested on their laurels after developing the popular Lions Junior Cycle Park adjacent to the playground.

Club representative Ken Huberts announced to Gisborne District Council's operations committee (consisting of all councillors and the Mayor) plans to fundraise and buy a battery-powered Maxi Express train from Canadian company Wattman World, and to build a new track and other infrastructure if the council grants approval for a new track.

The train will cost $115,000, the track about $35,000 and other infrastructure $8000.

He told councillors the project could potentially be completed by the middle of next year.

Mr Huberts said Wainui Lions wanted to enhance the Adventure Playground, which they saw as a huge asset.

The current train was 40 years old, unreliable and difficult to drive, and maintenance costs were increasing.

“But it's very popular.”

The train has a Datsun 120Y engine and a Subaru gearbox.

“It's a homemade train and when it's purring, it purrs pretty well but it has its issues.”

The Canadian company, which specialises in building trains and has clients in over 60 countries, could complete a train within six to eight weeks of receiving an order, he said.

Wainui Lions approached local companies to build a train but they were deterred by regulations, “which were a killer”, he said.

The electric-powered train would come out of the Canadian factory fully certified. It would have lower running costs and be easier to drive.

The train would be able to take up to 24 children and 18 adults.

“It rings and toots and smokes like trains should do.”

Mr Huberts said Wainui Lions were looking at having two carriages and a caboose, which would be wheelchair-friendly.

The current train ran on wheels and could go anywhere while the new train would use a track.

A track was better for the Adventure Playground as the train would be able to operate when the park was wet and was safer as people knew where it would be going.

Civil Project Solutions was putting together a plan for a 750-metre-long, 2.2-metre-wide track effectively where the current train operated.

Wainui Lions would contribute $10,000 and were asking for council support with resource consents and associated costs.

The club would fundraise and look after ongoing maintenance.

Ownership of the train would be gifted to the council, said Mr Huberts.

Article by: Wynsley Wrigley
Published November 19, 2020 1:17PM, Gisborne Herald

 

Lions Express Train Hire

You can hire the train for school fairs, birthday parties.

Please email us for requirement and costs

gisborne-lions-express@lionsclubs.org.nz

 

Junior Lions Cycle Park

The Lions Junior Cycle Park is all about providing a controlled environment in which children can encounter real-life cycling situations, focussing on road safety. It will be used.

Located on repatriated land on Centennial Marine Drive, the Lions Junior Cycle Park is ideally situated to add value to the region's leisure offering. It is positioned:

    Adjacent to Midway city beach.
     In the south eastern corner of the popular Adventure Playground.
    Across the road from the Olympic Pools.
    Opposite the Midway Surf lifesaving Club complex.
    At the terminus of the newly constructed beachside Oneroa Cycle/Walk Way.

Based on the layout of the highly successful Napier Cycle Park, the main elements of the park will include:

    Full fencing (to a swimming pool standard) to ensure young users are safely contained Adjacent to Midway city beach.
    In the south eastern corner of the popular Adventure Playground.
    Across the road from the Olympic Pools.
    Opposite the Midway Surf lifesaving Club complex.
    At the terminus of the newly constructed beachside Oneroa Cycle/Walk Way. .   .  A three metre wide sealed roadway divided into two lanes.
    A set of traffic lights.
    A roundabout.

Gisborne Wainui Lions’ view the Lions Junior Cycle Park as a valuable community investment. They desire to see our region's children having fun in the outdoors whilst learning to be safe and confident users of our roads and cycleways for years to come.

 

 

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