16 May 2020
Work to upgrade the Acacia Road carpark will begin this coming week (Tuesday 19 May).
The work, originally scheduled to begin in May, was pushed back a few weeks due to Alert Level restrictions, but contractors are ready to get in and get the work done while conditions are favourable.
Work will include the formalising the existing parking for boat trailers by sealing the current surface, defined edging around the carpark, defined vehicle parking, two aquatic pest check areas and landscaping.
Council acknowledges that there will be a lot of boat enthusiasts that are keen to get out on the water after being restricted during Alert Levels. Boat ramp access will be maintained as much as possible throughout the project but there will be situations (such as road sealing) when it won’t be possible.
This work is the latest in a series of phased upgrades at Lake Ōkareka. Since early 2019 upgrades at the lake include a new boat ramp and jetty and improved toilet facilities at Acacia Road. Work is ongoing at Boyes Beach on a new ablution block (toilets and showers) that will cater for day users, overnight visitors who use the camping area, and the adjacent Te Waiariki Purea Trust.
The upgrades to the facilities at Lake Ōkareka were announced in 2018 following a major grant of $453,250 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
Council has worked alongside Lake Ōkareka Community Association, Tūhourangi, Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Rotorua Lakes Community Board on plans for the upgrades to ensure the enhancements meet the needs of the community.
Also involved in planning various parts of these projects were Fish and Game, the water ski club, Te Waiariki Purea Trust and Rotorua Duck Tours
When does the work start?
Tuesday 19 May 2020.
How long will the work take?
The work is expected to take a month to complete.
What do I need to know?
Some parking space will be unavailable while the work is carried out. Users may need to park in alternative locations and make their way to the reserve. Access to the boat ramp will be unsealed/rough at times and may be unsuitable for some vehicles.
Why is the work being done now?
It is important that contractors make the most of the weather conditions before it becomes too cold to effectively seal the road and carparks.