Welling­ton

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Welling­ton is­mov­ing to a dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem where it must have a play­ground within a 15-min­ute­walk from hous­ing ar­eas. An­nual bud­get to main­tain play­grounds, $1m.

The de­vel­op­ment of a na­ture play trail on Mount Vic­to­ria is the first of its type to be built. The idea is to in­te­grate play trails into the open spaces to broaden in­ter­est in the en­vi­ron­ment. Tra­di­tional play­grounds are still pop­u­lar, par­tic­u­larly those part of a wider park or nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, like the one be­side the beach at Seatoun.

The city is­mov­ing from plas­tic offthe-shelf equip­ment to us­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tics of each site to se­lect a wider va­ri­ety of equip­ment. There are plans to re­de­velop FrankKitts Park play­ground as part of a larger wa­ter­front re­de­vel­op­ment.

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