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Making way for the new playground at Whitianga's Esplanade

All eyes are on the transformation of the Esplanade in Whitianga as we make way for a new playground at the site.

The former playground and equipment has been removed, as has the existing timber edging and mulch as the contractors prepare to place the new playground.

Work is also progressing on the hoggin path behind the pine tree area, where timber posts are being installed for the new timber board walk.

This week, contractors are also installing the the power conduits for new streetlights, extending the water supply to the water play area, working on the new concrete path and continuing to build the timber board walk within the playground area.

The existing driveways and footpaths have been broken at Taylors Mistake, with concrete for the new kerb and channel to Taylors Mistake, including new vehicle crossings and footpaths, scheduled to be poured this week.

Traffic management plans (TMP) have been set out along the Esplanade Road and the contractors have started cutting the concrete and breaking out of the existing concrete path.

For more information on the Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade visit our project page.

Visit the Harbour House Cafe for breakfast or lunch

Every week we continue promoting businesses affected by the upgrade. This week we spoke to the owner of the Harbour House Cafe, Angelina Pulham, at 11 the Esplanade.

"The town centre upgrade is going to look amazing when it is finished, everyone is being really considerate and doing their best to keep everyone happy," says Angelina.

"We are really lucky because we are still busy and the views from our cafe have not been restricted," she says.

Angelina and the team provide amazing service at The Harbour House Cafe with delicious meals. They are open from 7:30am - 3pm. This spacious cafe invites all the family to sit down and enjoy the stunning views of the Whitianga Wharf.

For more information see their Facebook page.

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