Whitianga's exciting new waterfront playground takes form 06 June 2019 All eyes are on the construction zone on Whitianga's Esplanade as key features of the exciting new destination playground are being put in place. Contractors are busy building the new timber boat which will be a central piece of the playground which includes exciting new nautical-themed features including a telescope, bell and sandbucket. The new custom multi-play unit has also been installed this week with a new slide and a number of climbing platforms. Our Councils Project Manager Andrew Scobie says the playground's completion date Tuesday 2 July is right on track. "Everyone's enjoying watching the progress at the Esplanade. This will become a popular destination playground on the Whitianga waterfront," Mr Scobie says. "We are also planning to have a celebration for this on completion. Details are currently being worked through." Mercury Bay Community Board Chairwoman Rekha Giri-Percival says she can't wait to see the playground in action. "We thank the community for feedback that has helped shape this space and what promises to be a bigger, better play area and a special space in our community," she says. This week, contractors will finish pouring the remaining concrete for the playground concrete footpath after installing the new bike rack. New picnic tables in the playground area are also being installed. The landscaping area around the vicinity of the playground has taken shape and CGC Landscaping will carry out planting trees and shrubs over the next couple of days. Planting along the hoggin path at the trailer park area is complete. Streetlights around the playground and the hoggin path have also been finished. The contractors have also finished preparing the concrete footpath to pour the concrete for the driveways at 14 The Esplanade. The vehicle crossings have already been poured and are now being used by neighbouring businesses. There is only a small section of footpath still to be poured, from the fishing club to around the corner of The Esplanade, then a couple small pours to stakeholder accesses at times that are convenient to them. The only kerb and chanelling yet to be poured is the small island outside the public toilets, which is part of the new crossing. The contractors have also finished preparing the concrete footpath to pour the concrete for the driveways at 14 The Esplanade. The vehicle crossings have already been poured and are now being used by neighbouring businesses. There is only a small section of footpath still to be poured, from the fishing club to around the corner of The Esplanade, then a couple small pours to stakeholder accesses at times that are convenient to them. The only kerb and chanelling yet to be poured is the small island outside the public toilets, which is part of the new crossing. The fortnightly construction impact meetings have been a very helpful way of keeping our residents and stakeholders informed. The next construction impact meeting will be held 10 June at 2pm in the old fire station building. For more information visit the project page. In addition, to hear the good news about Stage One of the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade making the finals of a national award click here. Book a Holiday at The Esplanade Apartments in Whitianga Each week we catch up with local businesses affected by the town centre upgrade. This week, we spoke to Jenny Kelly, manager of The Esplanade Apartments, at 8 The Esplanade Whitianga. Jenny has managed the apartments for ten years and before that she owned Whitianga Security. She has lived in Whitianga for more than twenty years, and moved here from Tairua. “The town centre project has made Whitianga look amazing and everyone in the town will benefit from it," Jenny says. "The contractors have been so co-operative, they have kept us well informed and there were no cones outside our shop on Queen's Birthday Weekend, so I know they truly cared," she says. Esplanade Apartments is in the perfect location in Whitianga for your next Coromandel holiday or business trip, with just a short stroll to the centre of Whitianga for shopping, the marina and some of the best restaurants in the Coromandel. Their luxury accommodation includes use of resort-style facilities which feature a swimming pool and spa pool. For more information or to get in touch with the team at The Esplanade Apartments visit its website. Other Project Updates Blacksmith Lane toilet upgrade The reconstruction of the Blacksmith Lane Toilets is now well underway with the construction of the roof and wrapping of the building in preparation for cladding to be finished this week. Theexternal cladding installation is to be completed and painted next week. Robinson Road Boat Ramp The sheet piling is finished and large pumps are in place to drain the lower section of the ramp, ahead of pouring the first lower section of ramp next week. Inspections have been completed by archaeologists and the environmental monitoring authority.