Ahimate Reserve Community aims to support the development and use of Ahimate Reserve (formerly Waitoetoe Reserve) as a community asset. In particular, the group aims to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Palmerston North City Council, the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council (Horizons), Rangitaane o Manawatu, and other interested parties, to help maintain and enhance the Reserve. They also organise and encourage community participation via working bees, ad hoc maintenance and small projects (e.g. upkeep of current planted / bush areas), and, where appropriate and agreed, planting of native and forage trees.
The group is also involved in increasing the native revegetation and biodiversity of the Reserve, promoting and supporting the development of part of the Reserve into indigenous wetland and forest ecosystems, with a wide variety of biodiversity. The Reserve provides a potential wilderness area for the city to enjoy, and is seen as being a special amenity area for Palmerston North residents.
Anyone is welcome to join the group's regular working bee on the first Sunday of each month (except January), from 10am - midday. Meet at the sandwich board at 10, or look for the balloons along the riverside track.