Ducks out, splash pad­de­sign re­vealed

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Plans for a $880,000 splash pad have been re­leased by Porirua City Coun­cil.

The 250 me­tres squared wa­ter play area will re­place the duck pond near the play­ground and pub­lic toi­lets at Aotea Lagoon, Pa­pakowhai.

Coun­cil parks man­ager Olivia Dovey said con­struc­tion was ex­pected to start in March 2017, once re­source con­sent had been granted, and was ex­pected to take about 12 weeks.

‘‘We are go­ing for a big, splashy fun pad that will have wa­ter play fea­tures for the lit­tlies as well as teenagers and fam­i­lies.’’

The wa­ter used for the play area would be treated and re­cir­cu­lated, she said.

‘‘The pad will fea­ture three bays aimed at tod­dlers, fam­i­lies and teens and the wa­ter fea­tures will work in ran­dom pat­terns to keep the fun flow­ing.’’

The tod­dler bay will in­clude low-level wa­ter jel­lies, mis­ters, sprays and a wa­ter bug they can sit un­derneath.

It would be sur­rounded by a cur­tain of wa­ter.

The fam­ily bay will in­clude jets of wa­ter in a va­ri­ety of shapes and sizes and a rain­bow se­ries of poles that shoot misty wa­ter.

A rain­for­est will pour wa­ter from three tall leafy struc­tures.

The teen bay would be a bit more lively.

Spray can­nons, in-ground wa­ter jets and the mas­sive su­per­splash dumper bucket would keep the teenagers en­ter­tained.

Land­scap­ing around the splash pad will cre­ate a grassed pic­nic lawn with ex­tra seat­ing.

An em­bank­ment on the south­ern and east­ern sides would pro­vide wind shel­ter, Dovey said.

‘‘This is go­ing to be a con­tem­po­rary wa­ter play park that will at­tract visi­tors from around the Welling­ton re­gion and make Porirua’s Aotea Lagoon a pre­mier play des­ti­na­tion.

‘‘Chil­dren and young peo­ple are a key pri­or­ity for Porirua City Coun­cil.

‘‘This pro­ject is an­other way of

What you said:

Marama Stow­ers: ‘‘I hope it’s gonna be big be­cause on a good day, half of Porirua will be there.’’ Katie Han­nan: ‘‘$880,000? No won­der our house prices went up.’’ Leanne Su­san Baker: ‘‘Good idea but what is the coun­cil go­ing to do about park­ing for peo­ple go­ing to the lagoon, and what’s it go­ing to cost the rate pay­ers to main­tain it?’’ Alethea Hokianga-Row­lands: ‘‘ Way to go PCC! They have these in Hawkes Bay and they’re great!’’ K-j Dil­lon: ‘‘I’d be hap­pier if coun­cil al­lo­cated re­sources to keep­ing the lagoon in well-main­tained con­di­tion. We have al­ready in­vested in a splash zone - Te Rau­paraha Aquatic cen­tre.’’ Eu­nice Re­becca: ‘‘Yes! Fi­nally some­thing that can ac­tu­ally be used by the en­tire com­mu­nity.’’ TomCroskery: ‘‘Cool, shame they missed this sum­mer. Hope more park­ing and­walk­ing ac­cess is on the cards too.’’ Medz T Holi: ‘‘Awe­some idea but sad the pond has to go.’’ Karl Crous: ‘‘Feed­ing ducks is 10min of fun, kids can play on the splash pad for hours. SPLASH PAD PLEASE!’’ pro­vid­ing for them and their fam­i­lies.’’

We want to know what you think about the new splash pad? Is it some­thing your fam­ily will use next sum­mer? Send your thoughts to us at editor@kmananews.co.nz.

An artis­tic im­pres­sion of what the spalsh pad at Aotea Lagoon will look like.

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