A popular playground on the Coromandel Peninsula is to undergo urgent remedial work after more than half of the equipment was found to have high risk defects.
A report commissioned to assess the integrity of the equipment at the Pepe Playground in Tairua found that 13 out of 23 items had been compromised due to defects such as rust and worn and brittle parts.
Tairua-Pauanui area manager Garry Towler said a budget of $100,000 had been allocated for work at the playground which is 27 years old.
"It will be monitored weekly with a detailed inspection inch by inch. Any protrusions that we can quickly fix, we will do so straight away," Mr Towler said.
Mr Towler said the playground was one of the most popular on the Coromandel, used predominantly by youngsters aged 4 to 10 years.
It's location on the main road through the seaside town makes it popular stopping point for frazzled parents and couped up youngsters travelling on the peninsular.
Thames Coromandel District Council staff will liaise with children from Tairua School in selecting replacement equipment.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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