A $300,000 playground for Tauranga’s waterfront is part of a proposal approved by Tauranga City Councillors to go out for public submission.
The playground, to be built opposite Wharf Street, is part of the council’s $4.9 million plan for the waterfront, approved during this week’s Ten Year Plan deliberations.
A picture of the proposed playground.
The playground, along with a boardwalk through to Pilot Bay, and the upgrade of Greerton Library, are plans going out for public consultation in 2012.
Tauranga City Council is also applying for resource consent to install 10 portable buildings of 18sqm to cluster around the Edgewater Fan.
Priority One city centre manager Duarne Lankshear says the portable buildings are an opportunity for the tourism, hospitality and recreation industries to provide commercial activities in various areas of the waterfront.
“They can be used by food and hospitality sectors, for tourism type operations like jet boat tours and water taxis, and a place for events and activity.”
Duarne says these portable buildings will be purchased by private businesses and put on land leased from council.
The capital cost of the buildings will be in the $20,000-50,000 range with a forecast rental of $2000-10,000 a year, per building.
Duarne says the revenue generated from these businesses will grow as the area attracts more foot traffic, becoming a vibrant waterfront destination.
“By approving this plan it is a vote of confidence, it sends a strong signal out to the investment sector that the waterfront development is underway and will continue to be supported by council.”
A design of the proposed waterfront development.
Priority One has worked with the council’s waterfront taskforce to activate $640,000 of consented works in the waterfront master plan.
These works include a walkway from Dive Crescent to the Glass Box and creating a big green space between Wharf Street and Spring Street.
In addition, the council is providing budget in its Ten Year Plan for an iconic waterfront playground and make available a piece of land adjacent to it for a cafe.