It’s official. This was our hottest summer on record, according to NIWA.
Providing some relief to the unrelenting Auckland humidity were our two new ANZ splash pads at the Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool and Leisure Centre in Pakuranga and Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre in Whangaparāoa.
Opening late last year, Auckland’s newest splash pads were delivered through a strategic partnership between Auckland Council and ANZ.
“We are really pleased with how popular the splash pads have been over summer,” says Auckland Council’s Head of Active Recreation Rob McGee.
“With over 30,000 visits in the first three months of operation, the splash pads are encouraging parents to get out and play with their kids in a fun and safe way.
“Bringing communities together and getting families active is what these splash pads are all about.”
Built within the current Auckland Council leisure centre grounds at Pakuranga and Stanmore, the splash pads offer an array of play features. These include fountains, mist sprayers and elevated structures, designed to provide children of all ages and abilities with a free, safe and accessible fun water play area.
There are also landscaped picnic areas, which are perfect for families to come together and relax.
“The splash pads integrate extremely well with the existing leisure centre facilities and have enhanced the experience, particularly for families and young people,” says Rob.
Free open day
If you haven’t checked out the new splash pads for yourself, round up the whānau and head along to one of the centre open days this March:
Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool and Leisure Centre:
Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga
Saturday 17 March, 10am-2pm
Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre:
159 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay
Saturday 24 March, 11am-2pm
There will also be free access to the fitness centre and pools, plus other activities for the kids.