Temporary access changes in place during next phase of Whitianga town centre upgrade 18 April 2019 Pedestrian access will be closed off at the southern side of The Esplanade for six weeks, from Wednesday 1 May until mid-June, while works on Stage Two of the Town Centre upgrade ramp up. There will also be coned-off areas where machinery is being used to construct the new path through Taylors Mistake and along The Esplanade foreshore as well as at the Taylors Mistake construction sites. Vehicle crossings will be replaced by the new footpath, along The Esplanade in front of residents and businesses, from the wharf to Monk St. To construct these in concrete, the vehicle crossings will need to be closed for two days at a date and time to best suit the residents and community users. We will be in touch with stakeholders to arrange this in May. "We're trying to keep disruption to a minimum and access to all businesses will be maintained at all times," says Andrew Boden our Council's project manager. No work will be taking place over Easter and all sites tidied up on Thursday evening for the long weekend. So far our contractors Dempsey Wood have stripped the topsoil and placed the subbase material to create the hoggin path, which will lead from Taylors Mistake down along The Esplanade seawall. The remaining concrete of the footpath will be poured in the plaza along the creek late next week. "We have completed as much as possible ahead of the busy Easter period, while trying to reduce the impact to users, stakeholders and businesses over this important holiday period," says Mr Boden. "After Easter and the school holidays we will be able to really get stuck into the work scope to maintain the schedule and complete this in time," he says At the playground, construction of the wet play area has started, with concreting to be finished before Easter. A 1.8m timber fence is being erected around the playground, which will be completed by June. The removal of the existing playground equipment will begin after Easter on Monday 29 April, with full works planned from Monday 29 April, meaning full closure of the playground area until the end of June when a complete new playground will be available. Street lights will be installed towards the end of May, throughout the new path and playground, with project completion currently scheduled for Tuesday 2 July. For more information visit the project page here.