Town cen­tre up­grade open

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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.

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