Town centre upgrade open
Mangakino’s town centre was officially opened last this week and included the addition of an upgraded playground and new town centre features.
On the back of the recent construction of the town’s new skatepark, the upgrade of the town centre was a project developed in consultation with the community. Meetings were held late last year to gather ideas and the final design included features and ideas gathered during the consultation phase.
The upgrade included more seating, more shade in seated areas and a new drinking fountain. As well as these additions, the playground has been refurbished to include new rubber matting and artificial turf, as well as new climbing equipment and swings that have been installed alongside refurbished playground equipment.
Taupo¯ District Council’s acting operations group manager John Ridd said the upgrades had revitalised Mangakino’s town centre.
‘‘It has been great to see the community come together on this project, and we’ve be fortunate to have a great team working on the planning and construction to bring the community’s ideas to life.’’
Work on the upgrade took five months.
It was not long after the playground opened in Mangakino’s town centre when it was packed with children ready to play.