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Community leads Commissariat Reserve playground design

Upgrades coming to Commissariat Reserve playground

Published: 17 June 2019

Work is underway to improve the Commissariat Reserve playground in Mt Wellington. 

Additional play equipment will be added to the playground, making the playground interesting to a wider age-range and extending the number of people interested in using the park.

“This is a project I helped initiate back when I was a member of the local board, so it is heartening to see the upgrades coming to fruition”, says Josephine Bartley, Councillor for the Maungakiekie Tāmaki Ward, in which the Mt Wellington park is located.

Examples of the new equipment include a climbing and slide unit designed for 6-12-year-olds, a slide and seesaw for 2-5-year-olds, and a natural play area suitable for kids of all ages.

The seesaw is a spring-loaded, mechanical, four-seated model that aims to attract the technical minds of children, acknowledging that not all children are interested in the same elements of play. 

“It’s great to see such an array of play structures on offer, which is a direct result of the input we sought from the community who use the space," says Councillor Bartley.

The community advocated for a playground upgrade and were consulted on regarding the changes that will be put in place.

“I would like to thank the local board for progressing this work and the community members who approached me with their concerns about what was proposed here.

"I’ve been in contact with the community and they are satisfied with these additions to the playground. It’s a good outcome overall and it is great that the council were able to make these changes”. 

The upgrade includes more seating and a drinking fountain which will be located on the Aranui Road end of the reserve. The popular ‘spinner’ will remain, as will the existing swing set. 

Areas of the park will be temporarily fenced off while work is underway, which is expected to last from 19 June through to early August 2019

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