Kids’ new play­ground

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Golden Sands school chil­dren can see views toMo¯tı¯tı¯ Is­land from the top of their new slide.

“It’s just so cool,” says school coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Josh Thorpe. “I couldn’t wait for it to be fin­ished.”

The im­pres­sive new play­ground has been com­pleted and ju­nior and se­nior stu­dents are en­joy­ing its var­i­ous fun as­pects— the im­pres­sive spi­ral slide, climb­ing bars and hang­ing frames, log walk, tun­nel and even a dinghy for keen sailors.

It’s been a year in the mak­ing, with fund­ing from par­ent do­na­tions through­out the year. More than $40,000 was raised by the school’s fun run held last month.

Board of Trustees mem­ber Leigh Park says the play­ground is a two-year fund­ing project and they were grate­ful to par­ents and their spon­sors.

The play­ground is brand new. The school had a very small play­ground from its in­cep­tion and a big­ger play­ground has al­ways been re­quired.

“With the ex­pan­sion of our school, land is at a pre­mium, and they used a nar­row wedge of grass and filled itwith such a large range of play equip­ment, we are ab­so­lutely de­lighted with it.”

Leigh says the play­ground is de­signed to both chal­lenge the older stu­dents and lit­tle ones can use it as well.

Golden Sands School has grown from a school roll of 90 stu­dents to more than 600 stu­dents. The growth in Pa¯pa¯moa East and the school roll has been ex­tra­or­di­nary, says prin­ci­pal Me­lanie Tay­lor.

“Nowwe have a beau­ti­ful new play­ground for our chil­dren and com­mu­nity to en­joy.”

The school coun­cil worked with the board of trustees on ideas for the play­ground, vis­it­ing play­grounds around the city. It was de­signed and in­stalled by Play­ground Cre­ations.

Other chil­dren can en­joy the new play­ground out­side school hours.

Photo / Sup­plied.

Josh Thorpe en­joys the view from the new two-storey slide.

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