New playground for Christmas for Fordlands



26 December 2019

It wouldn’t fit under a Christmas tree but the new playground at Wrigley Road reserve will be a great present for the Fordlands community these holidays. 

The last of the planting is being completed this week but the brand new playground is now finished and ready for a whole lot of fun. 

Before upgrade

After upgrade

The new playground is part of the wider Ko Te Tuara Totara O Fordlands Reinvigoration programme that is underway to improve community facilities in the Fordlands neighbourhood. Collaborating closely with the community, and a range of other organisations, Council is working to reinvigorate the area with upgrades to the look and feel of the environment. 

The new equipment at Wrigley Road is a major upgrade and is a way to honour the playground’s namesake and former Fordlands community member Huia Lyons. 

Before her passing in 2010 Ms Lyons was an active part of the Fordlands community, working with youth and often going above and beyond. In 2012 Council formally dedicated the then-new reserve and playground to Huia Lyons.  

The latest upgrade began in November 2019 and replaced the previous wooden structure with a new set of swings, slides, climbing structures and a smooth path for skating and scootering. 

In the new year Council and its partners will continue with the rest of the programme, starting with the new bike tracks at Sunset School courtesy of Bikes and Schools, the Utuhina shared path and a community fun day to celebrate the upgrades.   

The full reinvigoration programme will provide a range of services and physical upgrades and include: 

  • Child Equity Programme, a pilot in partnership with Sunset Primary School
  • Sunset Primary School Community Playground 
  • Wrigley Road/Huia Lyons Reserve Playground upgrade
  • Free Parking and Youth Spaces Plus Programmes
  • Cyway cycling facilities along the Utuhina Stream
  • Bikes in Schools Programme 

Council is working with organisations such as Rotorua Trust, Bay Trust, NZTA and Sunset Primary School to make the programme a success. 

Page reviewed: 26 Dec 2019 8:00am