Bowl­ing club wants coun­cil to re­con­sider

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Lau­rilee McMichael

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.

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