LET’S DO UP THE PARKS WE AL­READY HAVE

South Waikato News - - Conversations - Pam More, Toko­roa

I have re­cently seen the op­tions for chang­ing Leith Place.

All three of them in­clude a ‘‘Playscape’’ area, and park­ing re­duced by, what looks like, 50 per cent.

This is go­ing to cost up­wards of $2.4 mil­lion.

Why are we not us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties we al­ready have?

At each end of Toko­roa there are chil­drens’ parks.

The Youth Park (Taupo end), which could do with a spruce up and some more equip­ment and would be fine, and Dun­ham Park (north end) which also boasts a nice walk along­side the stream.

A lit­tle more play­ground equip­ment, a cou­ple more bar­be­cue ta­bles and it would be great.

The ‘‘pow­ers that be’’ say if we can in­crease the amount of vis­i­tors stop­ping in Toko­roa by 5 per cent we should make an ex­tra $3m.

Firstly, we don’t have any sig­nage on State High­way 1 to tell peo­ple what we have in Toko­roa al­ready.

Noth­ing tells them there are two chil­drens’ play­grounds. I don’t even think the i-site build­ing is that well signed.

Why on earth aren’t we ad­vis­ing trav­ellers of what we have, be­fore we spend all this money putting new stuff up?

Let’s see if good sig­nage each end of Toko­roa does the trick at a frac­tion of the cost!

I re­alise the de­sign­ers have to jus­tify their costs, but this is just mad.

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