Rocket gets a lift-off
A playground relic of the 1960s has reopened after a safety and design makeover.
Mt Albert War Memorial Park, also known as Rocket Park, has been home to the tall playground feature since it was built by the Lion’s club in 1967.
Albert-Eden Local Board deputy chairwoman Glenda Fryer says her children used to climb the rocket. But spacing between the bars meant smaller kids would fall out, she says.
She’s been known to climb in there herself to retrieve scared children.
Rocket Park’s playground gear was revamped in 2001 but the redesign of the rocket was delayed. Local board member Margi Watson says the rocket has been treated for rust and is now ‘‘structurally sound’’.
Safety matting has been laid inside the rocket’s four levels and red mesh surrounds the outside to make sure children do not fall out.
Up to 35 children can fit inside and there is space for adults to retrieve scared kids, Watson says.
The project took six months but Watson says fixing the rocket instead of keeping it closed was the ideal outcome.
It ties in with plans to redevelop space behind the park to include a public barbecue area and a flying fox, Watson says.
Fryer says parents should still closely supervise children on the rocket.
A space-themed party was held on June 7 to celebrate the rocket’s relaunch.
Rocket revamp: Albert- Eden Local Board’s Glenda Fryer and Margi Watson say the Mt Albert rocket is now safer for children.