Wet play area to be built at Aotea Lagoon
A $500,000 wet play area will be constructed at Aotea Lagoon before next summer.
The project was included in Porirua City Council’s Long-Term Plan. Some Porirua children were consulted on it during the last school holidays.
Their feedback indicated the desire for yearround water play opportunities at Aotea Lagoon.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the wet play area had generated some opposition, but he was confident the right decision had been made.
‘‘The children have asked that it be built at Aotea Lagoon, so that’s where we will build it,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s great that as a city we can work with, and deliver, something for our younger citizens. I was impressed by their thoughtful feedback.’’
Council officers have pinpointed the duck pond as an ideal location for the play area, but a design process would need to confirm that, council parks manager Olivia Dovey said.
‘‘The duck pond has not been a success [due to cost, smell and water quality issues] and it makes sense to use this sheltered and valuable site,’’ she said.
The council would look into grants and sponsorship to offset the cost, Dovey said.
A water feature – to be lit at night – is also planned for the CBD.