Scott Point residents turned out in full force for the official opening of a neighbourhood park situated at Observation Green.
Where there had once been a green field, there is now a new park complete with a playground, a learn-to-ride path, a fitness trail and a communal picnic area.
Designed in partnership with the community, the new park will be a welcome addition to Hobsonville which is one of the fastest growing areas in Auckland, says Upper Harbour Local Board Chair Anna Atkinson.
“We know the community has been looking forward to the opening for a long time and their patience has been rewarded.
“This is a place for families to enjoy leisure time in their neighbourhood and that is so important for any community’s well-being.
“Everyone, irrespective of their age, can enjoy this lovely outdoor space. Neighbours can get together, and there is enough room for children to play and kick a ball around.”
The event was officially blessed by Te Kawerau ā Maki, speeches followed, and the ribbon was cut by local board members.
Garden games and giant bubbles along with visits from Spiderman, the West Harbour Fire Brigade and mobile library, were topped off by a sausage sizzle.
Timber and rocks are featured throughout the park. The communal area has picnic tables, a drinking fountain and is covered by a shade structure. There is a hard surface suitable for free play and a large open space to kick a ball around or host community events. The fitness trail is suitable for all ages with seven pieces of equipment.
The playground consists of a rocker, trampoline, slide, swings, basket swing, tunnels, a climbing module and will complement a much larger playground still to be built at nearby Te Kori Scott Point.
There is more to come from the project including painting the concrete scooter/ bike path and installing wobbly goals in the flat grass area.
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