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.’’