New-look playground for Whitianga - with a boat. 01 May 2019 The Whitianga playground is the focus over the next few weeks of Stage Two of the Town Centre upgrade, with the existing playground furniture being dismantled and the removal of the old Jolly Roger Boat, along with the existing chip, mulch and timber edging of the original playground. The Jolly Roger boat is being removed to replace it with a new ship. Meanwhile the new water play section playground is nearing completion with one more concrete pour to complete this week, A 1.8metre-high fence has been installed around the playground areas for health and safety purposes. After the removal of the old playground equipment, the new bollard fencing around the sand pit area will be installed as well as the timber footing and timber board walk. The topsoil will be stripped in The Esplanade to build the new concrete path and installation of new playground furniture will start this week. The new hoggin path being built from Taylors Mistake is almost meeting The Esplanade, while contractors are finalising the aco-drain instalments and pouring the remaining concrete along the Plaza. Landscaping between the hoggin path and the rock wall is starting, while streetlights and street furniture will be installed from next week. Along the Esplanade Road the removal of concrete footpaths has begun to create new driveways. The existing asphalt has been removed and the contractors are preparing to pour the new kerb and channel concrete along Esplanade Road to create new driveways and footpaths. For more information visit our project page. Take a break and dine in at Saby's Kitchen on the Esplande Every week we continue promoting businesses affected by the upgrade. This week we spoke to the manager of Saby's Kitchen at 8 Esplanade, Whitianga. "The outcome of stage one of the town centre upgrade is amazing, I cannot wait for the front of our store to be done," says Happy, the manager of Saby's Kitchen. Saby's Kitchen provides stunning views of the Whitianga marina while dining in a fine environment. Saby's is known for their excellent service and delicious fresh food, with their dinner menu covering an ample range of food which includes eye fillet, pork belly, corn-fed chicken, fish n’ chips, mussels and more. Their fully licensed restaurant offers a delicious lunch and dinner menu, with daily specials. These include 20% off burgers on Wednesdays and free kid's meals with any parent’s main dish on Sundays. For more information on Sabys Kitchen check out their website.