Saturday, April 13, 2024

Council to reclaim Porirua duck pond

Work to fill in the duck pond at Aotea Lagoon will begin this week, Porirua City Council has announced.

Contractors will arrive on the site from today to begin work to ultimately transform the pond into a landscaped lawn, with naturalised stream.

“Once the preparation work is complete, the first key step will be to de-water the pond, and safely relocate fish and eels to nearby streams,” Council said in a statement.

“The exposed sludge will then be dredged into geo-bags, before fill is brought in from Porirua Park to create the new lawn area and stream.”

Work will continue until June this year, with some restrictions for lagoon visitors during the construction phase.

“Pathways around the pond will be closed off, and access from the gates opposite the Police College will be restricted,” Council said.

“The toilets (and changing room) will be closed, so portaloos will be provided on either side of the work site. The all ability toilets located at the southern end of Aotea Lagoon Reserve remain open.

“The playground and splash pad will be open, and people will be able to walk between the two via the main path beside the lagoon.”

The miniature railway will also be closed during the project, as the bridge over the duck pond will be out of action, Council confirmed.

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