A number of improvements are set to get underway at Beach Haven’s beach and adjoining park space, including the relocation of Frank Larking’s beloved rowboat from the beach onto Larking’s Landing where it will be restored and repurposed as an interactive play feature for children.
The old boat is set to be relocated during a king tide in late February onto foundations that will be prepared shortly ahead of its relocation.
New beach furniture, signage and improved paths are also scheduled to be built and installed throughout Hilders Park and Larking’s Landing Reserve, commencing late March.
Concept plans are also coming together to repair and improve the popular wooden recreational wharf. Wharf works will likely include strengthening the platform and handrails to increase weight loading capacity, along with replacing the head section of the wharf.
It will be proposed, subject to resource consent approval, to remove the head of the wharf (including the old stairs and platforms) and replace them with a gangway and floating pontoon for improved recreational fishing and water play.
The proposal will also aim to include a raised platform at one end of the pontoon to enable safe diving and ‘bombing’.
Designs are hoped to be available for community feedback by late March, with a final design approved by the local board in May to enable construction over the coming winter months.
Kaipātiki Local Board Chair John Gillon says the projects and improvements are good news for Beach Haven residents.
“We’re looking forward to working with our community on repurposing Frank’s boat and hearing your thoughts on plans to improve the old wharf,” says Gillon.
“The passion our community has for the boat project reflects their appreciation for Frank Larking and their respect for the man and his legacy.”
“We are hugely appreciative of all the support and help we have received from our community – including Total Marine Services who will be moving the boat for us at no charge, saving us many thousands of dollars.”
"We understand the recreational wharf is really popular with teenagers who like to dive off it and those who fish from it at high tide.”
“The wooden wharf was built 18 years ago under the former council and was modeled on a heritage wharf that once stood there."
"Unfortunately, the head of the wharf that is always submerged in water, is already coming to the end of its life, so work on it is necessary,” says Gillon.
Check out Kaipatiki Local Board's Facebook page in March to share your thoughts on the proposed wharf designs.