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7 May 2018
The future of a pedestrian bridge in Memorial Park is up for discussion after it was forced to close in October last year. Waipa District Council are looking at what’s next for the bridge and want to hear from the community about the how they use the area.
The pedestrian bridge, connecting Pioneer Walk with the playground and pond area in Te Awamutu’s Memorial Park, closed after a routine structural assessment raised concerns with its safety. Due to the level of work required and cost to bring the bridge up to a safe standard, it’s recommended the bridge be removed.
There are two options for the future of the bridge.
Option one proposes removing the bridge and improving accessways to the other two bridges in the park, costing an estimated $50,000. Option two will see the bridge removed and replaced, costing an estimated $130,000.
Community facilities manager Bruce Airey said due to the costs involved and the fact that there are two bridges close by, option one is Council’s preferred option however we want to hear from the users of the area before we make a call.
“With two other pedestrian bridge options available so close, we think it makes sense to remove the bridge and invest further in the reserve, creating a better space for the community.
“We know Memorial Park is a popular place though so want to make sure we take into account how everyone uses the park before making a final decision.”
At the same time Council is looking to remove the water fountain near the playground in the park. The fountain has not been in use for years, is not sustainable with water and some concerns have been raised that it is a climbing hazard for kids coming from the playground.
The community are invited to give their thoughts on the future of the bridge and the fountain until Friday 25 May.
If the bridge was to be removed, this would take place later this year.
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