Monkey bar victory for Grey Lynn twins
Two 8-year-olds have successfully petitioned for monkey bars to be reinstated at an Auckland playground.
Ila and Jaya Patel started the petition at the start of the year after being left disappointed a $402,000 upgrade of the Grey Lynn playground excluded monkey bars and wasn’t challenging enough.
The twins presented the petition to the Waitemata Local Board and their request to have monkey bars reinstated was successful.
Waitemata Local Board chairwoman Pippa Coom said it was great to receive the petition.
‘‘We passed a resolution asking officers to reinstate the monkey bars for the next financial year,’’ Coom said.
Auckland Council parks, sports and recreation officers would assess the feasibility and cost of installing monkey bars or other challenging equipment before July 1.
‘‘We need to look at how the playground can be improved,’’ Coom said.
She said the playground was widely consulted on at the developed design stage through Shape Auckland, Facebook, signs, Neighbourly and flyer drops.
Jaya presented the petition to the board and read a speech Ila had written.
The girls live close to the park and use it all year round but have been left unchallenged by the new equipment.
The new gear is targeted for under fiveyear-olds and despite the wood-and-rope climbing structures, the girls and other children have missed the monkey bars.
The twins’ mother Zita Thomas said the girls had worked hard on the petition.
‘‘The massive disappointment was that old playground catered for all ages and what they’ve put in its place does not,’’ she said.
Thomas said she was left puzzled after the meeting discussed what piece of equipment would need to be removed to accommodate the monkey bars.
‘‘Why can’t they add instead of taking away?’’
Both Ila and Jaya hoped the monkey bars would be installed before summer.
‘‘It would be nice to have it in the playground so if you have a little kid and a big kid you don’t have to go to two separate areas and get lost,’’ Ila said.
Coom said the board would need to wait until the next financial year to allocate funding for the monkey bars.