Domain train to be shunted out in upgrade
Safety issues have prompted the Ruapehu District Council to look at removing a popular train slide from the Taumarunui Domain Playground.
Time is ticking for the train - a popular feature which serves as a slide and other fun activities.
Even though it is a well-known feature of the park, a council report describes it as offering very limited opportunities for children’s development. Maintenance costs and ongoing vandalism has put the train firmly in the spotlight. Councillor Karen Ngatai said the train reflected an important part of the town’s history.
‘‘I accept it has created a lot of problems for us but I would really like to see it moved some place and not just got rid of.
‘‘Could we give it an option for a school at their cost to have it?’’ she said.
Councillor Kim Wheeler said it was time to move forward with the council’s plan on upgrading the domain to a modern space for the community.
‘‘There was a huge outcry about the rocket disappearing and everybody said it was iconic.
‘‘It’s just a place for someone to go to the toilet.’’
Community Services group manager, Margaret Hawthorne said construction of the train would make it difficult to relocate it to another site.
Councillors discussed the proposal of an upgrade to the domain at the Taumarunui-ohura Ward Committee recently. The Ruapehu District Council has approached Playground Creations for a proposal and quote for the Taumarunui Community Park Playground. Concept designs included various pricing options for six recreational zones which can be completed in stages as the budget
‘‘It's wide open for development and I'm fully supportive.’’
allows. The design has been themed around Ruapehu’s three volcanic mountains, its walking tracks and cycling trails. Community Property team leader, Rebecca Van Orden recommended the entrance to the park be designed last so it would fit into the theme of the revitalisation project in the centre of town. Councillor Cosford said it was the most exciting development he had seen in a long time.
‘‘It’s wide open for development and I’m fully supportive.’’
Councillor Graeme Cosford and Ngatai will form a subcommittee to progress the upgrade.
A 3D view of the proposed Taumarunui Community Park Playground.
The train would be removed with the upgrade due to safety concerns.