Outdoor hotspots get summer makeover

Maraetotara Playground. Image: Supplied.

Whakatane District Council is upgrading many of the district’s exercising, relaxing and playing hotspots.

Some Whakatane and Ohope playgrounds have been given a spruce-up, including painting and replacement of selected components.

Riverslea Park is undergoing a two-stage makeover, with the first stage completed in late November 2019.

This involved installing a new 2.5-metre wide walkway from Rata Ave to the Edgecumbe Library and Shopping Centre carpark.

Stage two, which is scheduled for March 2020, will see the playground area improved.

Some of the district’s public toilets and camping spots have also received some well-earned TLC thanks to the Council securing $169,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

The grant goes towards the cost of upgrading three public toilets in Ohope, and improvements to the overnight camping facility at the Ohope boat ramp.

A further grant of $34,000 was approved towards the operational costs associated with these facilities for a period of two years.

Stage two of the Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkway upgrade project has also been completed.

This year’s programme included upgrading approximately 700 metres of track section from Kapu Te Rangi to Otarawairere Bay.

Two picnic tables have been installed at the Matata Beach carpark following the extension and upgrade of the carpark fencing in August 2019.

Whakatane District Council spokesperson Mike Naude says he is pleased to see a number of these projects completed and is grateful for the external funding that has made some of these projects possible.

“We are fortunate to have a large network of parks, playgrounds and reserves across the District for everyone to enjoy,” he says.

“We are constantly working through a maintenance and improvement schedule, and it’s great to see some of the larger projects underway and completed.”

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