New wetlands to keep park lakes cleaner

17:00, Aug 05 2012

Pukekura Park's much rowed and well loved lakes are set to become a little bit cleaner with new wetlands built to keep sediment out.

The first wetland will be built behind the Bowl stage while the second will be alongside the Struan Walkway stream between Carrington St and Brooklands Rd.

A forbay - a small dam-like structure - will be built in the Bowl lake itself.

"The lakes are at the heart of the park, and our aim is to improve their water quality for the benefit of wildlife and visitors," said park curator Chris Connolly.

The forbay in the Bowl lake will be just beneath the surface and impede the flow of water enough to make the sediment drop to the bottom instead of flowing into the lake system.

Work in the Bowl will start in late September or early October and take a month to complete. Work alongside Brooklands Rd and the Struan Walkway will not begin until November to avoid the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular and will take about three months.

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