Splash pad­due for sum­mer­time de­spite de­lays


‘‘There have been on­go­ing is­sues at the duck pond with smell, wa­ter qual­ity and main­te­nance costs.’’

Con­struc­tion of an $880,000 splash pad in Porirua should still be done by sum­mer de­spite hold-ups.

Porirua City Coun­cil an­nounced plans last year for a 250-square-me­tre wa­ter play area to re­place a smelly duck pond at Aotea La­goon in Pa­pakowhai in March. But get­ting re­source con­sent from Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil to re­claim the land and change the stormwa­ter sys­tem be­came too com­plex so a new plan, an­nounced on May 23, was to build the splash pad on a nearby lawn in late win­ter.

The splash pad will still fea­ture three bays aimed at tod­dlers, fam­i­lies and teens, with the wa­ter fea­tures, in­clud­ing a six-me­tre high bucket wa­ter dumper - work­ing in ran­dom pat­terns to keep the fun flow­ing, us­ing treated and re­cir­cu­lated wa­ter.

Porirua City Coun­cil parks man­ager Olivia Dovey said the sunny site, along­side a public BBQ and seat­ing area, was cho­sen af­ter plans for it to re­place the duck pond came in over bud­get.

‘‘There have been on­go­ing is­sues at the duck pond with smell, wa­ter qual­ity and main­te­nance costs and ini­tially we thought com­bin­ing the re­moval of the pond with the new splash pad would be a good so­lu­tion. How­ever, to get re­source con­sent ... is tak­ing some time and adding to costs and com­plex­ity so we’ve de­cided to sim­ply move the site.

‘‘We are still pur­su­ing re­source con­sent to fill in the duck pond to cre­ate more re­cre­ational space and we’ll have a wider com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tion about how the space should be used next year,’’ Dovey said.

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

The fam­ily bay will in­clude jets of wa­ter in a va­ri­ety of shapes and sizes, a rain­bow se­ries of curved poles that shoot out misty wa­ter, and a rain­for­est that will pour wa­ter from three tall leafy struc­tures.

The teen bay will have spray can­nons, in-ground wa­ter jets and the mas­sive su­per­splash dumper bucket.

The project will in­clude 22 ex­tra carparks through an ex­pan- sion of the north­ern carpark along Pa­pakowhai Rd.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be car­ried out in late win­ter and spring, and will take three to four months.

A Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman said they were hav­ing ac­tive dis­cus­sions with Porirua City Coun­cil, ba­si­cally about what ef­fect re­claim­ing the land from the duck pond would have on nearby wa­ter qual­ity.

‘‘Cur­rently, GWRC is await­ing an up­date from the ap­pli­cant as to what suit­able mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures they wish to im­ple­ment in order mit­i­gate the pro­posed recla­ma­tion ef­fects,’’ he said.

‘‘The con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion process can con­tinue once GWRC re­ceives this in­for­ma­tion.’’

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