New Water Feature Enhances Park

New Water Feature Enhances Park

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fish, tadpoles and water lilies have gained a new home in King Edward Park this summer, and we all have a new and tranquil place to relax.  The sparkling Macklam’s Lake is just one part of a bigger parks project coordinated by David Bruce, South Taranaki District Council Parks Curator.

The lake project began at the start of July with the help of Parks Assistant Michael Walker and community service workers. Most of us knew the space as the ‘petanque area’ but it may come as a surprise that it was originally of similar form.

Macklam’s Lake was originally named after local businessman John Macklam who in1911 sponsored the build. This June the feature actually celebrated its 100th birthday! It is to honor Hawera history that the name for the pond has stayed the same.

David Bruce is proud to tell us that the build was environmentally friendly. Most of the old petanque area has been recycled to create the many paths around the park.

With the fresh open space, the Wendy Statue is now showcased beautifully. The pond, complete with a miniature bridge, is a fantastic upgrade to our developing King Edward Park.