The inspiration for a new play area at Walter Nash Park in Taita came from a passionate group of community-minded young people.
The children and their parents presented their idea for a new playground during the annual plan process and work has now begun at the park.
Mayor David Ogden says “the young people made a really compelling case for the park when they spoke to the Community Plan Committee. They even brought along their own pictures of what they’d like to have in their area. It’s great to see their ideas coming to life”.
The community has been involved in the park design, which includes a deck, picnic tables, chairs, and a playground with a fort, slide, merry-go-round, and swings.
New garden areas are being created and the park will be fronted by feature poles up to three metres high. The recycled hardwood telegraph poles will feature carvings created by Taita locals.
Next Wednesday, school children and members of the Taita community will join local councillors and Council staff at 10am to plant the new garden areas. The kids will be kept entertained by activities including a bouncy castle and all the volunteers will enjoy a barbeque lunch.
The playground equipment will be installed in November and the feature poles will be in place by Christmas.