Use shows play­ground’s ap­proval

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Can­nons Creek chil­dren are flock­ing to a play­ground at the re­vamped Cal­liope Park on War­spite Ave.

The play­ground opened a week ago and is the jewel of Cal­liope Park’s $180,000 makeover, which started 18 months ago and was par­tially funded by Porirua City Coun­cil’s Vil­lage Plan­ning pro­gramme.

The for­merly boggy park was drained and lev­elled, bushes were re­moved be­cause of safety con­cerns and bet­ter light­ing was in­stalled.

A run­down play­ground that was in a dark cor­ner of the park was re­moved. Its dis­man­tled parts will be turned into ex­er­cise equip­ment to be dot­ted about the park.

A bas­ket­ball half-court has been ug­graded and within months will be joined by a net­ball goal and a scooter trail.

The new play­ground has been a huge hit with lo­cal kids: the first day it opened 44 chil­dren played there af­ter school.

Among the mon­key bars, climb­ing walls, ropes and swing bridges, there is a clear favourite fea­ture: a huge swing that can fit half a dozen chil­dren at once.

‘‘It goes re­ally high and you can fit lots of kids on it,’’ 8-year-old Jessica Fi­ame said.

She had vis­ited the new play­ground ev­ery day since it opened. The old play­ground was bor­ing, Jessica said.

That opin­ion is shared by Jon Black­shaw, act­ing chair­man of the Can­nons Creek Res­i­dents’ and Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘It just looked re­ally run down and tired and it wasn’t very at­trac­tive to the kids,’’ he said.

Chil­dren were con­sulted about the de­sign of the new play­ground, so it wasn’t sur­pris­ing they ap­proved of the fin­ished prod­uct, Mr Black­shaw said.

Pop­u­lar: Can­nons Creek chil­dren Josiah Black­shaw, 9, Erica Higgs, 9, and Jessica Fi­ame, 8, love the new play­ground at Cal­liope Park.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.