Youth have say on playground upgrades
It’s out with the old and in with the new as youth help redesign playgrounds in MaungakiekieTamaki.
Old equipment at Konini Reserve, Flat Rock Reserve, Commissariat Reserve and Jordan Park was removed this week. The new improved versions will be rolled out over the next two months.
Feedback from local schools and the Maungakiekie-Tamaki youth panel has been received by the local board, with each playground engaging the natural environment and offering a range of play options.
The youth panel was set up in 2013 to bring younger perspectives to local board and council issues. Twelve people between 15 to 24 years old make up the panel.
Brett Clark, who holds the park, sport and recreational portfolio for the board, says the idea is to build innovative play spaces that offer something for all ages.
He says the upgrade to the four parks has a cost of around $500,000 and will be completed by July 1.
Local board chairman Simon Randall says playgrounds and parks have always been important places for the community to meet. ‘‘ We worked with young people from around the community as to what they wanted, so each playground is different and unique,’’ Randall says.
‘‘For instance, the children living close to Commissariat Reserve wanted a trail for their scooters and open spaces, so that is what has been included.’’
Konini Reserve playground is to be built within the natural gully of the park. It will include a bank-slide, tree-deck, stepping stones and a rose garden maze with play items designed to be used individually or as a circuit.
Flat Rock Reserve will have a large climbing frame, basket swing and spinner all centred around a raised artificial turf mound which will provide a hangout space.
A small playground will be built at Commissariat Reserve, providing spinning and swinging activities with a figure-eight footpath for scooters, trikes and bikes. It will all centre around a raised artificial turf mound providing hang-out space and a picnic area.
Jordan Park will have a sandpit, basket swing and trampolines overlooked by a raised artificial turf mound providing space for creative play.
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Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local board member Brett Clark says the new Commissariat Reserve playground will cater for all ages.