Mosquito Point has received a “spruce-up” courtesy of the Horizons Regional Council in time for what is set to be a great summer swimming season.

Last summer Horizons ran a competition where the public were asked to vote for their favourite location from a selection of 12. The most popular site was to win a spruce-up in the coming year.

Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon says Mosquito Point came out on top with 31 per cent of the 450 votes.

“This is a clearly a popular spot and we’re really pleased to have been able to give the site some extra amenities,” he says.

“This includes improved access to the Whanganui River via new steps, clearing of willows and vegetation, a new changing room structure, new seating, and next year we will undertake some planting too. We’ve already had some great feedback from locals who use the area, including one family whose disabled son can now get in the water thanks to the new steps.

“Whanganui District Council have also provided new picnic tables and are upgrading the road which leads to the site. This will make the site even more pleasant as road noise will lessen due to it being further away.”

“At all our swim spots we also ask swimmers to check the monitoring results on our website before heading out, look for toxic algae, watch for hazards such as sunken logs, rips at beaches or unstable cliffs, and to not swim until three days after it’s rained. We want everyone to have the best possible experience when swimming in our region and stay safe.”

Mr Gordon says the changing room structure that is new to the site will have reminders of these safety messages on it.

“The other side of this structure is currently bare and we’d like to invite the community to submit design ideas for this space. We’re keen to see a design that reflects what the river means to the community, especially considering the recent groundbreaking Whanganui River settlement, Te Awa Tupua.

“The competition is open until the end of February and we’ll choose one of these designs to be put up at the site.”

Ski FM has also got a competition going where you can win $200 by posting a pic of your fave swimming spots on our Facebook page. Check out the details here!


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