New Takaka play­ground ready by Novem­ber


Parts of the main play-struc­ture, soon to be the new Takaka play­ground, are sit­ting at the wharf at Port Nel­son.

Golden Bay chil­dren can look for­ward to play­ing on it by Novem­ber.

Chil­dren and fam­i­lies have been wait­ing for long-awaited up­grade of the 34-year-old wooden play­ground for over a year now.

Some parts of the ‘‘nat­u­ral-style, non-plas­tic’’ struc­ture have ar­rived af­ter be­ing shipped from Europe, and the Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil is wait­ing for the rest.

TDC spokesper­son Chris Choat said it de­cided to wait un­til at least the end of the school hol­i­days to start work on the project.

‘‘You just have to look at the grief Nel­son City Coun­cil are fac­ing for start­ing their Tahuna up­grade dur­ing the hol­i­days, even though they had a very good rea­son.’’

The project in­cludes full land­scap­ing to up­grade the lay­out of the play­ground, so it is more than the re­place­ment of the cur­rent play gear.

On the cur­rent sched­ule it was look­ing like the end of Novem­ber for re­open­ing, he said.

TDC re­serves of­fi­cer Glenn Thorne said in May that the main play-struc­ture was cus­tom-built for Takaka and has about 10 play el­e­ments in­clud­ing slid­ing, climb­ing, bal­ance, and up­per-body play.

The rest will fea­ture stand-alone items such as swings and in-ground tram­po­lines, wa­ter play and many lo­cally-made pieces.

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