Playgrounds, libraries, facilities re-opening

The Tamahere skate park and play ground will be (officially) open from Saturday, May 16 as Waikato district facilities slowly open again under Covid-19 lockdown alert level 2 conditions.

The Waikato District council said this week playgrounds will be sanitised and signage installed to remind people to keep 2 metres away from others they don’t know.

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Playground proves magnet

Tamahere’s new skatepark and children’s playground is proving a magnet for skaters, bikers, scooters, kids and their parents.

It’s the second weekend in a row that people have flocked to the new facility … but this weekend the fences were down to allow for easier access.

When Tamahere Forum stopped by the area was packed with kids of all ages trying out the new play equipment or doing spectacular tricks on wheels on the skatepark.

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No playground blow-out, says council

The Tamahere Recreation Reserve and Piazza project has not had a cost blow-out, says the Waikato District Council.

The council has been moved to counter a media report that the budget for Tamahere Park has blown its budget with a $1.6m cost that was around four times the original plan.

But the reported figures – dubbed “Monopoly money” by one councillor – are supplier quotes and cost estimates, not actual costs, the council said in a statement.

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