Use shows playground’s approval
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.