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The di­lap­i­dated state of Puke­ta­papa play­grounds has prompted lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to have them up­graded.

Late last year 10 play­grounds in the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board area were par­tially closed down for safety rea­sons, mem­ber Michael Woods says.

There are 22 play­grounds across the area.

‘‘Most of the play­grounds in ques­tion are around 30 years old and these is­sues have arisen be­cause of past ne­glect of the as­sets,’’ he says.

‘‘They should have re­placed some time ago.’’

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The board worked with the Auck­land Coun­cil parks depart­ment to as­sess each site and un­safe equip­ment was re­moved.

‘‘The lo­cal board is now pri­ori­tis­ing re­place­ment so that lo­cal peo­ple have safe and in­ter­est­ing play­grounds to take their chil­dren to,’’ Mr Woods says.

The Arthur Faulkner Re­serve play­ground in Three Kings was re­placed just be­fore Christ­mas.

The board has sched­uled to re­place six other play­grounds this year and more in 2015.

The next to be re­placed in­clude Quona Re­serve, Buck­ley Re­serve, John Moore Re­serve and West Re­serve.

The board is urg­ing peo­ple who use the play­grounds to an­swer a short sur­vey about what they would like to see at the fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘We will then work with our play­ground de­signer to in­cor­po­rate com­mu­nity feed­back as best we can,’’ Mr Woods says.

The sur­vey closes on Jan­uary 20.

Park life: John Moore Re­serve is one of six Puke­ta­papa parks that will be get­ting a make-over this year.

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