Gisborne's botanical playground opens on Friday

The biggest overhaul of the park ever will have kids of all ages kicking their heels for glee.

The biggest overhaul of the park ever will have kids of all ages kicking their heels for glee.

THREE MORE SLEEPS: Olive Bunbury has been keeping a close eye on the progress of the new playground down at the Botanical Gardens. She is one of many Gisborne children, and some adults, who can’t decide if Christmas or the new park is more exciting. The opening is this Friday at 4pm, and Mayor Meng Foon will cut a ribbon to make it official. Come prepared for a sausage sizzle, and you will be able to try out the huge selection of equipment beside the Taruheru River. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell.

KIDS of all sizes will love the new $400,000 playground at the Botanical Gardens.

To celebrate at the official opening on Friday at 4pm, More FM will broadcast live, Gisborne District Council will have a free sausage sizzle and Mayor Meng Foon will cut the ribbon.

Playworx Construction Ltd have worked on the park since the middle of October, often to an audience of children clinging to the safety fence as they watch diggers and shovels create new paths and areas for them to play on.

It is the biggest overhaul of a park the GDC has ever done, says GDC community and recreation facilities team leader Garrett Blair. It is more than just a playground, it is an experience.

“It’s a massive task for us. It has a theme and unity between the junior and senior sides of the park, making it all one.”

Paths tie in to focal point

Mr Blair said the large space net in the middle of the park was the focal point and the paths tied in to the city’s walkways. They had moved away from bark on the ground to a new “soft fall” surface under the equipment.

“We’ve also identified a need for shade sails, picnic tables and drinking fountains.”

Large wooden beams frame a walkway to the river, with slides, swings, a basket swing, an air swing and flying fox to keep children of all ages happy.

The playground was created by designer Tina Dyer, who also designed the Eastwoodhill playground. Play elements were selected from community and parent feedback and a children’s design competition earlier this year. The site will be blessed before the opening.

KIDS of all sizes will love the new $400,000 playground at the Botanical Gardens.

To celebrate at the official opening on Friday at 4pm, More FM will broadcast live, Gisborne District Council will have a free sausage sizzle and Mayor Meng Foon will cut the ribbon.

Playworx Construction Ltd have worked on the park since the middle of October, often to an audience of children clinging to the safety fence as they watch diggers and shovels create new paths and areas for them to play on.

It is the biggest overhaul of a park the GDC has ever done, says GDC community and recreation facilities team leader Garrett Blair. It is more than just a playground, it is an experience.

“It’s a massive task for us. It has a theme and unity between the junior and senior sides of the park, making it all one.”

Paths tie in to focal point

Mr Blair said the large space net in the middle of the park was the focal point and the paths tied in to the city’s walkways. They had moved away from bark on the ground to a new “soft fall” surface under the equipment.

“We’ve also identified a need for shade sails, picnic tables and drinking fountains.”

Large wooden beams frame a walkway to the river, with slides, swings, a basket swing, an air swing and flying fox to keep children of all ages happy.

The playground was created by designer Tina Dyer, who also designed the Eastwoodhill playground. Play elements were selected from community and parent feedback and a children’s design competition earlier this year. The site will be blessed before the opening.

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Mary McClutchie - 3 years ago
This is going to be awesome. I am wondering if they are going to have art work - I can remember that Stand Children had gifted a picture for a playground and particularly the Botanical Gardens playground, as it was a favourite. :-)

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