Work on a major upgrade to the Allenby Reserve playground at Narrow Neck could get underway later this year.
Concept designs for the project, developed with the help of community feedback, were approved by Devonport-Takapuna Local Board at its May business meeting.
The new playground will be relocated more centrally on the reserve, further away from the road, and the concept design includes a new basket swing for all-abilities and an accessible carousel on a rubber surface.
A concrete path from the road will also improve access and the playground will be located near existing trees with four new trees planted to provide shade.
Local board chair Ruth Jackson says the local input was key to shaping the final concept.
“During the public consultation we had feedback on the need for accessible play equipment, so the plan was updated to include an accessible basket swing and accessible carousel with wheelchair transfer,” she explains.
“We really appreciated hearing from everyone who gave feedback and helped us finalise the designs.
“I know it will be a popular new addition, and I’m looking forward to local families and children being able to enjoy the new playground when opens later this year.”
The concept design also included feedback from community leaseholders at Allenby Reserve, including Girl Guiding North Shore, Devonport Scout Group and younger members of the nearby Waitematā Golf Club.
Staff will now start on the detailed design with the hope that construction will begin by the end of the year.