Kaikohe Memorial Park is back on track

Published on 23 January 2023

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A $750,000 upgrade to Memorial Park in Kaikohe is underway again after supply chain disruptions halted work at the end of last year.

A new playground is a key part of the upgrade and will include a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round, in-ground trampolines, slides, a sand play area, swings, and an eagles’ lair rope climbing tower. The slides, swings and a samba drum were installed at the end of last year. The eagles' lair will be installed from Wednesday 1 February to Friday 3 February, making it necessary to close this corner of the playground during this time.

Also part of the revamp are new park entrances, upgraded footpaths, a learn-to-ride and balance bike track, a fully accessible amenity block and a wide loop track linking all areas.

Next week park seating, picnic tables and barbeques will be installed with a crane used to re-locate existing concrete picnic tables. Barbeques will also be installed, but these will not be ready for use until power is connected in early March.

Concrete supports for pou and the learn-to-ride track will begin construction in the next two weeks. The southern end of the grassed area of Memorial Park will close during construction, but the playground will remain open. However, the playground will close from Monday 13 February to Friday 24 February to allow a permanent rubberised safety surface to be poured and to then cure correctly.

A grand opening for the upgraded Memorial Park will be held in March 2023 once all works have been completed.