Let's Talk About an Aqua Play Park Proposal in Kaiapoi

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This consultation has now closed. Keep an eye on this page for future updates. 

The Council have received a proposal from the WHoW Trust to install a temporary Aqua Play Park within NCF Reserve in Kaiapoi.

About the proposal

The play park would be primarily made up of floating bouncy castles and inflatable pontoons on Courtenay Lake, with supporting features including a point of sale container, coffee and small food, a storage shed, picnic tables, a spectator area, lifeguard stand and toilet facilities.

Around 1554 square metres of the lake would be used for the park, which would operate for six months of the year during the peak summer months and school holidays. The map shows the location of the proposed park, along with a temporary carpark and access to the facility.

During the off-season, the inflatables and all other temporary buildings would be removed.

The Trust would need to meet all resource consent requirements for the activity to go ahead. The Trust are currently undertaking water quality testing following ECan guidelines. The Trust are also working with ECan to look at any potential impacts the project may have on wildlife in the reserve.

Community consultation

This type of facility could enhance the community and bring a large amount of new visitors to the area.

The Council is supportive of initiatives that benefit and enhance the community. However before any decisions are made to support the proposal we’re keen to know what you think.

Your feedback will help the Board understand whether this is something the community would like to see in Kaiapoi.

Would you like the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board to support the application to install an Aqua Play Park in NCF Reserve? Tell us in the survey or quick poll below.

The Council have received a proposal from the WHoW Trust to install a temporary Aqua Play Park within NCF Reserve in Kaiapoi.

About the proposal

The play park would be primarily made up of floating bouncy castles and inflatable pontoons on Courtenay Lake, with supporting features including a point of sale container, coffee and small food, a storage shed, picnic tables, a spectator area, lifeguard stand and toilet facilities.

Around 1554 square metres of the lake would be used for the park, which would operate for six months of the year during the peak summer months and school holidays. The map shows the location of the proposed park, along with a temporary carpark and access to the facility.

During the off-season, the inflatables and all other temporary buildings would be removed.

The Trust would need to meet all resource consent requirements for the activity to go ahead. The Trust are currently undertaking water quality testing following ECan guidelines. The Trust are also working with ECan to look at any potential impacts the project may have on wildlife in the reserve.

Community consultation

This type of facility could enhance the community and bring a large amount of new visitors to the area.

The Council is supportive of initiatives that benefit and enhance the community. However before any decisions are made to support the proposal we’re keen to know what you think.

Your feedback will help the Board understand whether this is something the community would like to see in Kaiapoi.

Would you like the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board to support the application to install an Aqua Play Park in NCF Reserve? Tell us in the survey or quick poll below.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Let us know here if you have any questions about the Aqua Play Park proposal...

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    What effects will this have on the fauna and flora? Are the birds going to be culled or “relocated”? Carpark looks fairly permanent, as this is supposedly a temporary park, who will pay for removal or the upkeep of carpark and toilets etc or will they stay for the “proposed” community hub

    Donzie asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch with your question about the Aqua Play Park proposal. 

    The WHoW Trust are currently working with Environment Canterbury to investigate what impact the proposed activity might have on wildlife. 

    Whitebait spawning and bird nesting are two things which are being specifically looked into. The assets that would support the proposal such as car parking and toilets will be the responsibility of the Trust. The community hub is a separate project which will require its own facilities to be provided. 

    In time the area surrounding the lake will be developed as a Mahinga Kai area. This development may justify a Council car park and toilet being required to service the wider public use of the area. This would however be more permanent infrastructure than what is currently being proposed by WHoW and is likely to be some years away yet.

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    Is the Courtenay Lake suitable for contact recreation? Is the water swimmable? Thanks

    Cherry asked 11 months ago

    Hi Cherry, thanks for getting in touch with your question about the Aqua Play Park proposal. 

    Water quality testing is currently being undertaken for contact recreation standards. Nine tests have been undertaken and all have come back within acceptable levels. The WHoW Trust have been working with Environment Canterbury who have been guiding them on what to test and the standards. WHoW are required to undertake 45 tests in the first instance.