Play­ful thumbs up for coun­cil plan B

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

A new $58,000 play­ground is com­ing to Lake Moana Nui and res­i­dents have the fi­nal say on what de­sign they want.

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has given the pub­lic two op­tions to de­cide from and vot­ing ends on Novem­ber 4.

Parks and Prop­erty Man­ager Greg Shaw said the coun­cil needs to re­place worn equip­ment to avoid ac­ci­dents.

‘‘The fort is reach­ing the end of its life. Play­ground equip­ment tech­nol­ogy and safety reg­u­la­tions have be­come more strin­gent over the years and coun­cil is li­able for pub­lic safety at play­grounds.’’

He said the new equip­ment has an es­ti­mated life of 20 years.

Both new de­signs, which will each cost $58,000, have a climb­ing ap­pa­ra­tus. Both units are six me­tres tall how­ever the climb­ing height of Unit A is six me­tres while the climb­ing height of Unit B is three me­tres.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said the de­sign that gets the most votes will be erected early next year.

Peo­ple can visit Face­book to cast their vote.

Ms Fabrie said the online medium has sparked huge in­ter­est.

‘‘We had 64 votes within three hours of post­ing. Since then our post has been shared on at least 17 pages and count­ing is hap­pen­ing on those pages too.’’

South Waikato News shared the post and a tally on Oc­to­ber 24 showed 28 peo­ple in favour of op­tion B and only eight keen on the sec­ond op­tion, A.

Two peo­ple posted say­ing the coun­cil should use the funds to fix the lake and lake dam in­stead.

‘‘ We have two play­grounds that are in use at the lake al­ready we don’t need another one.’’

Photo: PET­RICE TARRANT

YOUR CHOICE: South Waikato res­i­dents need to vote on what new play­ground they want erected in place of the old fort.

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