Glad tidings for Gladstone Park playground

Publish Date : 17 Jan 2024
Gladstone Park playground

One of Parnell’s favourite playgrounds reopened with a crowd just in time for the summer holidays.

Hundreds of excited tamariki came together to try out the new equipment and take part in the festivities with their parents in December.

Waitematā Local Board chair Genevieve Sage was one of the official ribbon cutters and is thrilled that local children have an upgraded outdoor space to enjoy this summer.

“It was a delight to see their faces glowing as they experienced the new play space for the first time,” says Genevieve.

“The board is committed to making our playgrounds fun for everyone, and we’re happy with the additions of accessible elements.”
The in-ground trampoline and 'springy car' are accessible play options at Gladstone Park.

The in-ground trampoline and 'springy car' are accessible play options at Gladstone Park.

The ‘springy car’, basket swing and inground trampoline are accessible features; and a wheelchair accessible picnic table and drinking fountain have also been installed.

“Our contractors worked very hard to have this finished in time for Christmas,” says Auckland Council project manager Cath Duncan.

“We’re pleased with the results and the variety of different play opportunities on offer.”

The celebratory event which was open to the public featured free ice cream, live Christmas music, storytelling sessions and a crafting station. The special guest in attendance was a high energy elf who entertained younger family members with an assortment of activities including tug-o-war and a treasure hunt.

Mother of two, Maripaz Adonis, is at Gladstone Park every afternoon collecting her youngest from the local daycare.

“We come here for a play daily after we pick her up,” says Maripaz.

“The kids love it. It’s looking fantastic.”

Have you seen the new-look Gladstone Park? Take along the whānau to 106A Gladstone Road, Parnell. The carpark entrance is accessible from Balfour Road.

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