As is usual in Palmerston North, the green areas are slowly given up to commercial (carparks) and sport activities usage. There are different gardens within Victoria Esplanade and the Rose Garden is the most outstanding. There is a fern garden too. The walk along the Manawatu River extends for several miles and is frequented by joggers and cyclists.
Of note is the Cafe within the middle of the park: it is striving for a general store/cafe sort of feel and is successful as such. The Christmas decor is well known and people troupe there during the season to hear the Candelight concert and see the newest Christmas decor. The ice cream is the best in the country, and specially chosen by the Cafe's owner Glen Vivian.
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