New playground equipment being installed at The Esplanade this week 23 May 2019 Progress along The Esplanade is moving fast with contractors installing the new playground equipment at the playground over the next two weeks. The new boat, which is replacing the Jolly Roger is about to be installed. "The timber was rotten in the Jolly Roger, making it unsafe to use. The Jolly Roger is being replaced with a brand new boat with a number of exciting new features," says Andrew Boden our Council's project manager. (see above picture for details on the playground features). The timber decking for the board walk at the playground has been completed and bollard fencing around the sandpit area is expected to be finished this week. CGC landscaping will begin planting trees and shrubs within the playground area, which is scheduled to finish by the first week of June. This week our contractors are laying the remaining material for the hoggin path running from Taylors Mistake to The Esplanade, with CGC Landscaping also involved in the planting. Meanwhile, the contractors are waiting for consent to build a "Living Wall," at Carina Creek. A living wall is a self-sufficient vertical garden feature that is attached to the exterior or interior of a building. Along The Esplanade, kerbing from Whitianga Wharf to the end of the road will be finished this week. Our contractors are continuing to prepare the footpath and vehicle crossing in this area, for the remaining concrete pour. This is being done in two stages so there is access to businesses at all times. Driveways will be poured Monday 27 May and then the remaining footpaths on 28 May, this is weather dependent. Driveways will be closed for these days to vehicle traffic for curing of the concrete. Finally, the pavers outside the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club will be completed next week. "Our fortnightly construction impact meetings with stakeholders are going really well and we have had no major issues raised," says Mr Boden. For more information visit our project page. Traffic management for the Whitianga half-marathon The Whitanga half marathon is on this weekend and for the safety of the runners there will be extra traffic management around the town and The Esplanade. Traffic management will be blocking the right lane of The Esplanade, beside the playground throughout the half marathon event. Public will also not be able to enter Albert Street from the Four Square store end of the road. The only construction works taking place this weekend will be on the footpath area of The Esplanade doing preparation and boxing for concrete pouring on Monday. Blacksmith Lane toilets closed to public until late June The public toilets at Soldiers Memorial Park, Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga are closed until late June while the facility is upgraded. Temporary port-a-loos have been provided on the Soldiers Memorial Park, behind the I-Site on Albert St. This work is related to the Town Centre upgrade project, with the contract awarded to BCA Contracting. The work includes a new roof and cladding. It is expected to be finished by 26 June. Pull up a seat and enjoy the alfresco dining at Grace O'Malley's Every week we continue promoting businesses affected by the upgrade. This week we spoke to the owner of Grace O’Malley’s Irish Inn, Peter Jones at 9 Esplanade, Whitianga. Peter became the owner of Grace O’Malley’s on the 1 October 2016, since then he says he has been living the Coromandel dream. “The Whitianga lifestyle has so much to offer, the people are friendly and the fishing is amazing," says Peter. Before moving to Whitianga, Peter was living in Auckland and working as operations manager for Tectonic Industries in Auckland. “Stage one of the town centre upgrade looks great and everyone involved did an amazing job. The contractors and council keep everyone well informed and minimised disruption to the businesses as much as possible," says Peter. As soon as you walk in the door at Grace O'Malley's you will experience their Old World Charm. It is a great mix of alfresco dining by the waterfront and great service that everyone enjoys. Grace O’Malley’s caters to a wide range of tastes. They have specials for everyone. They have roast meals every day of the week, on Mondays they do steak, chips and eggs, and specials for lamb shanks on Wednesdays. They are open from 12:30 - late every day of the week. For more information or to make a reservation visit their website.