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Chance to vote on playground design

Chance to vote on playground design

And the winner is . . . The Kaiti community overwhelmingly chose this option for the new Waikirikiri Park playground. Picture supplied



Development of Waikirikiri Park playground is a step closer, with the final round of community consultation this week.

The appointed playground designer, Playground Creations, has created three designs based on feedback over summer. Residents have the opportunity to vote for their favourite design, which will be built later this year.

Kaiti community members were consulted through a wide range of methods between November and March. The process was driven by Gisborne District Council, Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, Ka Pai Kaiti, Huringa Pai, Ngati Porou Hauora, Supergrans and the Cancer Society.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti (SGT) young persons adviser Quentin Harvey said the emphasis was on community collaboration.

Almost 500 submissions

“We visited local schools and sporting events, delivered an online survey that saw almost 500 submissions, and ran local events to ensure direct input and feedback at every stage of the process.”

Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu said community members had submitted great ideas.

“One seven-year-old had the concept for a swing designed like a poi . . . it is awesome to see creativity from our tamariki considered for a local project.”

Information was collated and key themes presented in a “community insight” report, which was given to prospective designers as part of the council’s request for proposals. SGT communication and evaluation lead Tyler Kirk said a number of unique themes were apparent.

Tamariki have a high demand for risky play

“Results from our initial survey showed that tamariki had a high demand for risky play, involving height or fast movement.

“The most demanded features were a flying fox, swings, slide, monkey bars, a climbing structure, a bouncy feature, a fort and a spinning feature.

“We learned the park represents to many residents an important place to spend time with whanau and for the community to connect.”

GDC contracts and assets manager Garrett Blair was pleased with the designs submitted by Playground Creations.

“I think the design team has done a great job capturing the community’s feedback.

“The process to get this project off the ground has been creative and captures what our community is about — coming together for a shared outcome.”

“The positivity has been refreshing and we ideally want to manage more projects like this in our community portfolio.”

The last step in the process is for the community to select their favourite from the three options. Vote on the SGT and GDC’s Facebook pages, or at sportgisborne.org.nz/waikirikiri-park-playground​

Development of Waikirikiri Park playground is a step closer, with the final round of community consultation this week.

The appointed playground designer, Playground Creations, has created three designs based on feedback over summer. Residents have the opportunity to vote for their favourite design, which will be built later this year.

Kaiti community members were consulted through a wide range of methods between November and March. The process was driven by Gisborne District Council, Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, Ka Pai Kaiti, Huringa Pai, Ngati Porou Hauora, Supergrans and the Cancer Society.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti (SGT) young persons adviser Quentin Harvey said the emphasis was on community collaboration.

Almost 500 submissions

“We visited local schools and sporting events, delivered an online survey that saw almost 500 submissions, and ran local events to ensure direct input and feedback at every stage of the process.”

Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu said community members had submitted great ideas.

“One seven-year-old had the concept for a swing designed like a poi . . . it is awesome to see creativity from our tamariki considered for a local project.”

Information was collated and key themes presented in a “community insight” report, which was given to prospective designers as part of the council’s request for proposals. SGT communication and evaluation lead Tyler Kirk said a number of unique themes were apparent.

Tamariki have a high demand for risky play

“Results from our initial survey showed that tamariki had a high demand for risky play, involving height or fast movement.

“The most demanded features were a flying fox, swings, slide, monkey bars, a climbing structure, a bouncy feature, a fort and a spinning feature.

“We learned the park represents to many residents an important place to spend time with whanau and for the community to connect.”

GDC contracts and assets manager Garrett Blair was pleased with the designs submitted by Playground Creations.

“I think the design team has done a great job capturing the community’s feedback.

“The process to get this project off the ground has been creative and captures what our community is about — coming together for a shared outcome.”

“The positivity has been refreshing and we ideally want to manage more projects like this in our community portfolio.”

The last step in the process is for the community to select their favourite from the three options. Vote on the SGT and GDC’s Facebook pages, or at sportgisborne.org.nz/waikirikiri-park-playground​

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