Play street pro­motes con­nec­tion

North Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AMY BAKER

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.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

The bird boxes on the fences can be used for notes or toys.

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