being removed for new skate and scooter park
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A much loved children’s playground boat is being removed from a Thames park, making way for a new skate and scooter park.
The playground is a replica of the paddle steamer Wakatere and has been a feature of Porritt Park since it was built by the Lion Club of Thames in 1969 to honour the 1896 maiden voyage of the Wakatere between Auckland and Thames.
On its news page, Thames Coromandel District Council wrote this week the playground was “wearing out” and would cost an estimated $50,000 to restore to national playground standards.
“The Thames Community Board made the decision that it was better to provide new, improved playground equipment at Porritt Park.”A post about the playground’s removal on the Thames/Coromandel Grapevine Facebook page spurred dozens of comments, split between those in favour and those against.
Jane Rouse wrote that she was “gutted”.
“Now we just have another modern playground. all for the sake of 50 000 dollars. it should have been saved. Shame on the TCDC.”