Playful thumbs up for council plan B
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.’’
YOUR CHOICE: South Waikato residents need to vote on what new playground they want erected in place of the old fort.