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Plans afoot for Aotea Lagoon

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A variety of plans are underway for Aotea Lagoon, one of Porirua City’s most popular parks.

“We know that the community have some concerns about the condition of both the duck pond and lagoon, so we want to update everyone on where things are at,” says Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Dalziel.

“We’re planning to fill in the duck pond – which is a stormwater retention pond – and replace it with a landscaped stream.

“This work will take place in early 2022 as there’s some work to do to make sure we get it right including the procurement of the work, protecting the ecology of the area and making sure we have fine weather.

“Up until now, we’ve also been working away in the background to gain the correct resource consents due to the significance of the works and area.

“The landscaped stream will become a welcome addition to the already popular destination park.”

Signs will go up soon, showing the plan for the pond.

The Lagoon Development Plan that was consulted on last year will also look at ways to enhance the water quality and visitor experience.

“Due to the current warm weather, we’re noticing that the algae in the lagoon itself is more visible,” Mr Dalziel says.

“This is common in many water bodies across the greater Wellington region at this time of the year.

“People should be careful around any form of algae however we don’t have any reason to believe that this particular type of algae is toxic to people or dogs. Aotea Lagoon also requires any dogs to be on a lead.

“We’ve got staff taking a look at the algae to see if there’s anything that can be done to temporarily improve the appearance of the lagoon. In the past, we have received some feedback of the smell that the algae produces. This is again, more apparent during the summer months. “

15 Jan 2021