Bowling club wants council to reconsider
The Taupo¯ Bowling Club is asking the Taupo¯ District Council to reconsider its plans to have it moved off the Tongariro South Domain if a cultural precinct on the Domain gets the go ahead.
Taupo¯ Bowling Club liaison officer Bob Jollands says the club has put together a proposal and had a discussion with cultural precinct project manager Philip King and the master planning design team. The proposal outlines the changes the club would make to complement the four cultural precinct options put forward for the Domain and allow it to be able to stay on its current site. The proposal has also been sent to all TDC councillors.
Mr Jollands says the master planners have made it clear that the public want clear view shafts from the Domain to the lake and mountains, public access to the bowls club grounds and public access through to Ferry Rd.
To achieve those objectives the bowls club is proposing removing almost all its fences and replacing one with a clear polycarbonate fence for shelter from the southerly wind. Removing the fences would create open space for transition through to Ferry Rd. There would also be new landscaping in the club grounds with plantings and paths to compliment new and existing landscaping in the area.
The proposal says removing the fences would give public access to the club grounds, where people could watch the bowlers from permanent seats. People would also be encouraged to try bowls.
The next phase would have a deck built along the southern side of the club pavilion overlooking the lake and mountains, with tables and chairs where coffee, tea and snacks could be served to bowls club members and the public.
That would provide a pleasant environment for people to relax while enjoying the views or watching the bowls. It would also provide a friendly environment similar to the Rotorua Bowling Club, which is located in Rotorua’s Government Gardens.
The current dock on the western carpark side of the bowls club building would be demolished and replaced with a new clubrooms entrance and the ladies’ toilets refurbished.
Mr Jollands says he has had good feedback on the proposal from councillors. He will be reporting back to the bowls club’s board of management and making some further recommendations on its activities and some changes it could make in accordance with what is in the proposal.
The council will soon consider public feedback on the four proposed options for the cultural precinct on the Tongariro Domain and choosing a preferred option to consider alongside its other two possible locations for a new civic administration building. Those locations are the Tu¯wharetoa St carpark or returning to its site on Lake Tce.