Decision on elephant slide today

It is decision day today for the elephant in the Oamaru Public Gardens.

The Waitaki District Council will consider a recommendation from property manager Dougall McIntyre that the structure be removed and replaced with a new play feature that "has improved play value and location".

The elephant was decommissioned from use in October last year as the stainless steel slide had fractured.

The ladder also had safety issues.

The remaining elephant structure had no play value and there were obvious signs of "structural fatigue" following more than 20 years service.

Four options have been considered - including rebuilding the elephant - and his preferred option was for a new Elephant Rocks-themed activity area.


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