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Port entrance car parking area to be constructed
April 20th, 2016
[by David Armstrong]
The next major phase of the rejuvenation of Motueka's Beach Reserve is about to begin with the creation of a proper quayside car parking area.
Keep Motueka Beautiful has received the go-ahead from TDC for Concrete & Metal to create concrete kerbs and channels and gravel the surface of the area which for many years has been an unsightly patch of rough, bare ground.
The area at the end of Massey Street, which is often used by people to park and enjoy the view over Tasman Bay, will have proper parking areas for up to 22 cars. This will be handy also for people using nearby Talley's fishing platform.
Fronting East Quay to the east and George Quay along the Moutere Inlet entrance, it has been used as a temporary dumping area and vehicle turnaround for many years, but it's prime position beside the Inlet entrance has prompted many people to complain about its ugly state and unrealised potential.
Keep Motueka Beautiful, in a project driven largely by secretary Paul Mosley, has developed plans to make the area a tourist and local feature rather than a place to avoid. It is part of a project to develop and rejuvenate all of Beach Reserve from the saltwater baths southward. (See our earlier story.)
Over the past two years work has been done in the open space beside the campervan parking area, developing a small wetland with boardwalk, planting larger trees and creating walking paths.
The metalling of the East Quay parking area will cost about $9,500, funded from funds that TDC receives from subdivision developers to improve reserves in the District.
Critically for Keep Motueka Beautiful, it will allow a proper path and plantings to be formed along the waterfront toward the saltwater baths, which will be undertaken later in the year for a cost of around $5,000.
Following is the main part of the plan for the new car parking area.
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