An inconvenient truth
By Roger Childs
Queen Elizabeth Park is a popular venue for visitors wanting to ride the trams, explore the Tramway Museum, go horse riding, visit the Marines Memorial or just walk, run or ride the many roads and tracks.
The main entrance is at Mackays Crossing and the tram terminus, horse riding centre and memorial are close to the gates.
Obviously you would expect there to be toilets in the area. There was a lavatory block close to the Rangers Office 100m on from the gates, but not anymore.
The need to let
The office has gone and so have the toilets. In their place a fancy new building is rising which will house the Department of Conservation offices, a centre for meetings …. and loos. But the new edifice is not complete.
Where are visitors supposed to go if they need a toilet? They can find two lavatory blocks about 2km down the road at Whareroa Beach, but would someone new to the park know that?
Earlier this month over 300 runners used the land close to the gates for the University Relays. The organisers arranged for portaloos to be available.
The Greater Wellington Council (GWRC), which is responsible for Queen Elizabeth Park, should have done the same once the block by the old Ranger’s Office was demolished.
GWRC has been caught with its pants down and it needs to let toilets. It’s the very least they can do.