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Spades and buckets get to work in Scarborough

Spades and buckets get to work in Scarborough

The start of work to rebuild the quake-damaged Scarborough Paddling Pool is being marked with a community sod-turning event on Tuesday 2 September.

Children from the Sumner community are bringing their spades and buckets for an en masse sod-turning event, making them the first to start work to restore a beloved favourite that has been a familiar sight on Sumner’s seaside landscape.

“It is great to see work starting on fixing this paddling pool,” says Hagley–Ferrymead Councillor and Community Committee Chair Yani Johanson.

“The replacement facility will blend the traditional with the modern to create a fun and exciting play environment. Improvements include a splash-pad feature, which will contain water-toys and jets selected by kids in the community. It will contribute to Sumner returning as a key summer destination for young families and children from across the city to enjoy.”

The event has been organised by the Sumner Community Residents’ Association. Speakers will include Hagley–Ferrymead Community Board Chair Sara Templeton will speak at the event.

“We’re not just replacing what was there – the Council is modernising the entire facility, and it’s going to reflect the community’s desire for something more interactive,” Ms Templeton says.

“If you need a testament to how beloved the Scarborough Paddling Pool had been, then all you have to do is look at the passion and commitment that’s come from the Sumner community to getting it restored.”

Construction itself will begin the week commencing Monday 8 September. It is hoped to have the new and improved Scarborough Paddling Pool in use by Christmas 2014.

WHAT: Cchildren’s sod-turning with spades and buckets to mark the start of construction on the Sumner Paddling Pool.

WHO: Hagley–Ferrymead Community Board Chair Sara Templeton, children from the Sumner community.

WHEN: 10.30am, Tuesday 2 September 2014.

WHERE: Scarborough Paddling Pool Site, 147 The Esplanade, Sumner.

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