Splashing good fun in Raumati

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 15:22 09/10/2012
Splask park

Battling bros: Ted McKinlay, 5, has a water cannon face-off with brother Sonny, 3, at the new Raumati Marine Gardens water feature that opened this week.

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A regional-first splash pad water has opened at Raumati's Marine Gardens.

The water feature, which replaces the duck-shaped pond at the park, includes spray jets, tipping buckets and water cannons, and is part of a $550,000 revamp of the gardens that started in June.

Kapiti Coast District Council leisure and open spaces asset manager Lex Bartlett said the playground has equipment for all ages, including spinners, slides and climbing frames.

A flying fox and tower swing will be finished in about two weeks.

Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board chair Louella Jensen said the revamped park will give locals and visitors ''a huge amount of enjoyment''.

Those visitors included Ted McKinlay, 5, and his brother Sonny, 3, who discovered the attraction was operational when they dropped into the park with their family. With a little sun, the boys stripped to improvised undie-togs to enjoy the splash pad this afternoon.

An official opening of the playground is planned for early November.

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