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Swimming spot in line for $1.2m upgrade

Carmina Blewett
Mitch Redman
Lake Roto Kohatu Plans
Drawing of proposed toilet/changing facilities.  Christchurch City Council

The popular Lake Roto Kohatu Reserve is on its way to receiving new toilet facilities, more parking and better access.

The Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board has thrown its support behind an upgrade to the reserve located within the Sawyers Arms Reserve, off Sawyers Arms Rd. 

Deputy board chairperson David John Cartwright estimated the project would cost $1.2 million. 

Two toilet blocks with shower and changing amenities would be established. The main toilet block at Lake Rua would include three fully accessible cubicles, whilst the facilities at Lake Tahi would include just two cubicles. Permanent driveway access would be established and 100 new parking spaces would be added. Additional grass verges will remain available for overflow parking. Power and drainage systems would also be improved. 

Lake Roto Kohatu Plans Map
Proposed landscape plan - parking and toilet area for Community Board approval. Christchurch City Council

The proposed changes would replace the five port-a-loos struggling to facilitate increasing numbers of visitors to the area. 

Plans will be presented to the Fendalton/Waimairi/Harewood Community Board this Monday evening for final confirmation. If approved, construction will begin in October this year, just in time for the summer seasons.