The Council has put the official seal on the Mapua Waterfront Park, confirming the name for its part of the former Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site. The Environment Ministry spent $12 million sanitising soil at the 3.3ha chemical factory site near the township’s upmarket wharf area. With an agreement that 40% of the site should remain in public ownership, the Council then earmarked up to $450,000 to create a 1.5ha park, with grassed amphitheatre, a boardwalk along the water’s edge and concrete benches sandblasted with verse by Ngatimoti poet Cliff Fell.
The park was co-designed by local landscape architect Robin Simpson, with input from Mapua residents. A shade structure and toilet block will be added once work is finished on upgrading the nearby pumpstation, says Lloyd Kennedy, Council’s Community Services Manager. If you have any comments on the park name, you are welcome to contact the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.