Wake park washout
The issue has never been about a wake park for the region, it is a great idea. It is the location.
Despite some commentary, it cannot be denied that the proposed commercial venture directly conflicts with many existing users, presenting risks to the safety and enjoyment of all concerned.
Risks to riders include being hooked by kids learning to fish. Flying kites could tangle with overhead towers and cables. Boards will conflict with model sail and powerboats.
Walkers and kids learning to ride on the adjacent path will be affected by wind-driven wake spray. Who would set parameters for, and ‘police’ a spray policy? Who would deal with sprayrelated complaints?
Wedding photographers will have to juggle floral backgrounds against unsightly towers and cables. The train will confront increasingly distracted park users. Further traffic congestion at the Whitford/Papakowhai intersection, which as the single exit from the growing Aotea subdivisions is already very busy, yet is far from seeing its full loading.
Restricted access periods for wakeboard events are bound to fall in the peak use of summer. Parking?
PCC would also be changing their current ruling to now approve the lagoon water quality for contact activity (i.e. swimming). Great stuff. Which part of the lagoon will be set