A des­ti­na­tion play­ground

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

The Selwyn District Coun­cil has re­vealed the plan for what they hope will be­come a des­ti­na­tion play­ground at Rolle­ston’s Fos­ter Park.

A key fea­ture of the play­ground is a large four me­tre high mound with a slide and a fly­ing fox. A fort on top of the mound has a tun­nel slide wind­ing to the ground.

The play­ground also fea­tures a nat­u­ral play area and a mouse wheel along with other pop­u­lar play­ground equip­ment.

The play el­e­ments were cho­sen based on feed­back from lo­cal school chil­dren who were sur­veyed on their play­ground pref­er­ences. The top items from the sur­vey re­sults showed an over­whelm­ing de­sire for a mouse wheel, fol­lowed by a big slide, a fort and a fly­ing fox.

The play­ground will be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble with a prom­e­nade along the side of it, wide paths run­ning through and a ko­rushaped path lead­ing to the top of the mound.

A va­ri­ety of sur­faces in­clud­ing ar­ti­fi­cial turf, rub­ber soft­fall and wood chip will make the play­ground a safe en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren of all ages.

Deck­ing and pic­nic ar­eas will have shade sails and there will also be na­tive and ex­otic trees and shrubs.

Con­struc­tion of the new play­ground is ex­pected to start in Septem­ber and be com­pleted by early 2018.

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The plan for a new play­ground at Rolle­ston’s Fos­ter Park.

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