Chinese Garden pipe bursts

Margo Winchester
Margo Winchester
Dunedin's award-winning Chinese Garden has sprung a leak.

Garden manager Margo Winchester, of Dunedin, yesterday confirmed a burst pipe had been discovered under the garden's pond two weeks ago.

The pipe was emptying into the garden's pond, raising the water level and spilling more water into an overflow, she said.

"The pond is a little bit higher than usual, but some of that is due to all the rain as well."

It was not yet known how much water was being lost, but a plumber today would today don waders and brave the pond's goldfish while getting to grips with the extent of the problem, she said.

The exact cause of the leak was not yet known, although general wear and tear was suspected, she said.

The pipe was installed as part of the construction of the garden and provided water to taps and a small waterfall, she said.

It was hoped repairs could be carried out tomorrow, although that would depend on the plumber's investigations, she said.

It was not yet known how much the repairs would cost.

The garden cost $6.5 million, opened in 2008 and was an example of a late Ming, early Ching dynasty scholar's garden.

It was built from authentic Chinese materials by craftsmen from Shanghai, China.


Repairs to Chinese Gardens

Five years should prove which of us is right, Fungus Pudding. In the meantime though I think you might be best to dream on.

75,000 visitors to Chinese Garden?

I have no doubt that the Chinese Garden had a good number of visitors initially. I visited four or five times myself as I purchased an annual admission pass in the first week of opening and wandered in occasionally when close by. I'm sure many others did the same, so I doubt that the number of paid visits was anything like that number. I also have no doubt that it will never approach similar numbers again. As far as rubbish removal and graffiti go, I'm sure those costs would be relatively minor compared with the cost of maintaining the gardens. I'm sure visitor numbers and financial results have been published, although I'm not aware of them, but I'd bet my boots it's nowhere near break-even. Anyway, someone might have a better suggestion as an alternative use, because it's all downhill from here in its current form.

Hmmm ... something like

Hmmm ... something like 75,000 visitors in its first 12 months equates to little use? As to there being reduced costs to ratepayers if it were turned into a skateboard park, you have overlooked the ongoing need to remove graffiti and rubbish.

Chinese skateboard park

After an initial flurry of curiosity the Chinese Garden seems to have turned into the Deserted Garden. From the point of view of attracting users and watchers, a skateboard park might not be a bad idea. The skill of those guys is a delight to watch. I have often longed to give it a go myself, if only I could shed a few decades and gain some reckless courage.

Repairs to Chinese Gardens

Why not put this 'attraction' out of its misery and give a tiny bit of relief to ratepayers. It would make sense to fill the pond with solid concrete and turn the place into a skateboard park. At least it would get plenty of use, and probably even attract more visitors and spectators as well. And even if addmission was free it would still cost us less.

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