Town facelift drafted
Plans are in motion to give two widely used sections of Mangakino a facelift.
The town may get a more useable lakefront and a revitalised town centre with plans to do up the areas and make the lakefront more accessible.
Taupo District Council parks and open spaces manager John Ridd said staff were still in the concept stage for both projects.
‘‘Discussions with affected and interested parties and the Manga- kino Pouakani Representative Group are ongoing.’’
The group reviewed the information on the two projects recently, but a time frame has not been finalised.
‘‘No time line has been set for either project although more detailed proposals should be available early [in] 2013,’’ he said.
Mr Ridd also said the council budgeted $203,000 over two years for the two projects.
‘‘The 150-metre stretch of lakefront is down the true left of the lake starting from the southern- most point of the existing developed reserve.’’
He said the development of the stretch would primarily be about protecting the lake from erosion and removing pest species of plants so people had access to more space.
However, the Mangakino town centre development would further enhance the existing town centre.
The concept is to establish an area for congregating and playing for youth, with a shady area for seating, and to enhance the area with planting and greenery.