Entry to Kaipaka Park is via 60 Racecourse Road.
Council own this front area bordering the Mangapiko Stream. Transpower own the area beyond this. Additional fencing is required between access areas and the substation perimeter field.
Educational signage and a gathering place at the Mangaohoi and Mangapikpo confluence, telling of the culture of Kaipaka Pa, would consolidate an historic cultural theme.
A 150 metre bush walk with views of the stream, leads to a large open clearing with views of the confluence with the Mangaohoi stream upon which canoes could navigate only as far up stream as 'Awamutu' the birth place of Te Awamutu.
Observation decks and steps down to the stream enable access to the water.
A footbridge accross to the Netball courts enables a connection through to the War Memorial Park.
Bordering the clearing is the end remnant of the original Mangapiko stream bed that once defensively encompassed Kaipaka Pa.
Gateways, Riperian planting, Heritage Orchard, traditional herbal gardens, education and play grounded in ecology and culture, reflective seating and picnic tables could be developed here including educational signage telling of local history.
An opportunity to create an educational and reflective gathering place at the park, restoring identity and connection to the place, with signage telling stories of the land, acknowledging history and cultural significance, to this unique Waipa space at the joining of the Mangaohoi and Mangapiko streams.