New life injected into Taramea Bay

Rotary Club of Aparima president Pam Fleck (left), and Riverton Aparima Community Board chairman Blair Stewart at the barbecue unveiling late last year. PHOTO: SDC

The former site for the Taramea Bay Soundshell has now become a family-friendly activity area for the whole community.

In 2015 the Riverton Aparima Community Board decided the Taramea Bay Soundshell should be demolished, after a round of public consultation. Late last year an official unveiling was held for the new electric barbecue at Taramea Bay, an area which is now being promoted as a great spot for families with picnic tables and a sheltered area next to the playground, a Frisbee golf course along the beach adjacent to the playground, and basketball hoops which have been installed at the skate park.

Riverton Aparima Community Board chairman Blair Stewart said work on the site began shortly after the Soundshell was pulled down, with a barbecue being installed and the Rotary Club of Aparima coming on board to provide a canopy to go over the top.

"That area is getting a lot of use."

Mr Stewart said since the area left in the Soundshell's absence was a large concrete space, gardens and potted plants were established as part of the beautification process.

On top of that, one wall remaining from the old building was realigned and helped create three separate area with a picnic table in each.

"We're pushing for a family-friendly area, it's a perfect beach for swimming, nice and shallow. It's a great area.

"There's been a lot of people in Riverton (this summer), the weather's been so fine... it's really developing into a good family area," he said.

Mr Stewart said all feedback he had received about the new additions had been positive.

"Everybody I've spoken to is very pleased to have it there."

Mr Stewart said it was great seeing the space being utilised, with families able to bring their own food to cook on the barbecue and enjoy at the picnic tables.

Mr Stewart said he encouraged people to come along and enjoy the new space, but also keep it tidy, asking people to clean up after themselves and respect the area.


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