Arnold and Arahura parks to be up­graded


Swings and sand play? Slides and round­abouts?

Porirua res­i­dents, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, are be­ing asked what they think about new de­signs for play­grounds in Ti­tahi Bay and Wai­tan­girua.

Arnold Park, at the cor­ner of Tireti and South Beach Ac­cess roads in Ti­tahi Bay, and Arahura Park, on Arahura Cres in Wai­tan­girua, are be­ing re­newed as the play equip­ment in them needs re­plac­ing.

Arnold Park is a pop­u­lar play area and is over­due for a re­vamp, said Western ward coun­cil­lor Mike Dun­can.

‘‘It’s really ex­cit­ing to see this draft de­sign, my grand-daughter Bella will love the bas­ket swing and sand play area and I’m keen to hear what other kids think about it,’’ he said.

The draft de­sign for Arnold Park also in­cludes a climb and slide struc­ture, swing set, round­about, new path­ways, a num­ber of seats and sev­eral trees.

Un­der­foot there would be a mix­ture of rub­ber safety sur­fac­ing, sand and grass.

In Wai­tan­girua, the draft de­sign for Arahura Park in­cludes re­plac­ing the pop­u­lar track ride and a fun spring rocker with three seats and a stand­ing plat­form.

Eastern Ward coun­cil­lor Kylie Wi­hapi said the new de­sign looks fan­tas­tic.

‘‘I’m of­ten at play­grounds with my son Cooper and he’s a big fan of swings, so it’s great to see they’ve in­cluded a bas­ket swing in this draft de­sign,’’ she said.

‘‘I love the plan to have an in­ter­ac­tive, hands-on play flower for chil­dren who can cre- ate noises as they turn its petals.

‘‘It’s some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent for the city.’’

Each park has an in­for­ma­tion board and a mailbox where you can post your feed­back un­til March 10. You can also email en­ or call 237 5089.


Porirua Western ward coun­cil­lor Mike Dun­can and grand­son Jacob at Arnold Park in Ti­tahi Bay.

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