Covered deck project under way

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Work is well under way on the construction of a new covered deck for the Tokomairiro Early Learning Centre, at Johnson St, Milton.

Centre manager Joanne Mead said the new covered play area was the first stage of planned development and would effectively increase the size of the available weatherproof playing area.

“The new 95sq m space will have drop-down side panels that can be put in place if the weather outside is inclement,” Mrs Mead said.

“We are very grateful to all the people and businesses of the district who have helped us fundraise $60,000 over the past two years to allow us to build this exciting new addition to our facility.”

The project received $30,000 from the Otago Community Trust, $10,000 from the Alex McMillan Trust and other funding from the Kaitangata Car Show, the Milton Lions Club and Milton Rotary.

“We’ve had heaps of support from parents and sponsorship from the local community.”

“They have all come along to our many quiz and disco nights.”

Stage two of the redevelopment will involve more fundraising as the centre looks to resurfacing the playing areas, installing a ponga forest, installing a new swing and fireman’s pole, laying out a cycle track and creating a water feature.

“That’s the next stage of fundraising. Today, the children here at Johnson St are loving it as they can watch the builders and tradies all hard at work,” Mrs Mead said.

“They were fascinated with the little Bobcat excavator they used to dig out the foundations.

“We made the changes from the initial plans so that the space could be a bit bigger and be more weatherproof.

“The staff and I are looking forward to it, because when it is opens it will be like having an extra classroom at the centre.”