Play street promotes connection
You can find them high, and you can find them low. With doors for tall and small, they cater to all.
Hobsonville Point’s new bird boxes might look like a Dr Seuss creation, but the special houses on the ‘play street’ in Catalina Precinct are intended as fun for humans and creatures alike.
Isthmus play street project leader Haylea Muir said the bird houses are a ‘‘bit of whimsy’’.
They are also a way of integrating the private realm with the public.
‘‘They’re there to promote connection and that social interaction, particularly because this is a walking route to the primary school,’’ she said.
Tracing a path from Bomb Point to Hobsonville Point Primary School, the play street has different activity zones and is designed around the catchment of water.
So residents can play as they move, there’s stepping stones, rain gardens, a talk tube, and also a water play area in the centre.
Muir said it’s fortunate the developer, AVJennings, sees the value of amenities for the residents in a high-density area.
She’s looking forward to see how the space is used, including by kids, when all the residents are settled in.
‘‘Inevitably, there’s always something they do that you’ve never thought of that’s really cool,’’ she said.
The bird boxes on the fences can be used for notes or toys.