Revamped playgrounds popular
Work to replace playground modules at Adventure Playground, Heath Johnston Park and a new set of swings at Atkinson Street Reserve has been completed, to the delight of many children over the weekend.
Council contracted Playground People who began work in May and completed all 3 upgrades at the end of last week, installing new play modules, equipment and soft-fall to the value of $151k.
“We’ve had a really positive response from families who got out over the weekend to try out the new equipment,” says contracts and assets manager Garrett Blair,
“We're really happy with the work that Playground People have done, which was on time and professional. We’d like to thank Leith and the team for carrying out high quality work that met our brief.”
The renewals were carried out as a result of our annual playground audit undertaken last year where all 44 playgrounds across the district were assessed for risks and compliance with safety standards.
“We know playgrounds are hugely important to local neighbourhoods. The programme of renewals and maintenance has made good progress towards raising the standard of play equipment and safety of playgrounds for the community.”
Urgent work to replace equipment in Te Araroa was done last year and planning work has already begun at Tikitiki with the community agreeing on a concept plan.
“The equipment has been ordered and once it arrives we’re aiming to have the playground in towards the end of July and middle of August.”
The playground at Tokomaru Bay will also be upgraded as part of the Township Plan upgrades and will involve creating a whanau space with new play equipment, as well as improvements to the skate park, basketball court and installation of steps, tables and free electric BBQs like those at Oneroa. Construction is due to be completed over late July to August.
We will undertake an audit again in July which will inform the next lot of works.
“We’re aiming to carry out some work at Nelson Park, Ruatoria and take care of some smaller compliance issues but this will all be dependent on the audit,” says Mr Blair.