Good things come to those who wait, and that’s certainly true for the families and children enjoying revamped playgrounds at Greenhithe War Memorial Park, Bill Moir Reserve and Parkwood Reserve.
With the playgrounds more than 20 years old, some had to be closed for several months because of broken and unsafe equipment. While it took longer to get hold of play equipment because of shipping delays caused by COVID-19, this was anticipated in the planned rollout of the upgrade programme.
Local Board Chair Anna Atkinson says now that the playgrounds are open, they are fantastic facilities and include play equipment that the local community asked for.
“Feedback from local families really helped shape the playgrounds in Greenhithe and Windsor Park.
"All three playgrounds cater to children of all ages and abilities. With all that’s on offer, play time is exciting and fun for everyone.”
At Greenhithe War Memorial Park, a new play module caters for babies, pre-schoolers and primary school children. There are many opportunities for nature play in a lovely garden with plenty of places to sit. The swings from the old playground have been kept and the old furniture recycled and installed in the gardens facing the tennis courts. The design was coordinated with Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust.
Whenuapai’s Bill Moir Reserve playground has a new play module, climbing net and slides. A second module includes a balancing bridge, bars, smaller slides and a tunnel. And close by are the swings relocated from the old playground.
And Windsor Park’s Parkwood Reserve playground opened in December with a playhouse, monkey bars, double wave slide, climbing net, swings, musical flowers and new footpath. Planting is planned for April and the lawn area is fenced off while the grass grows.
Still coming in early 2023, is the Bushlands Park playground in Albany. New equipment will include a junior treehouse with climbing and slides, swings, balancing beams, monkey bars, spinner and double rocker.
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