Almost $1million in playground replacements



5 August 2020 

Tamariki in seven neighbourhoods across the district will be spending the coming summer exploring new playgrounds.

As part of its annual renewal programme, Council’s Open Spaces team is focussing on playgrounds, replacing the old structures with ‘newer and cooler’ equipment.

Work so far has been particularly muddy but shiny new playgrounds will soon emerge, ready for a summer of outdoor fun.

In September last year Council sent out 3800 surveys to neighbourhoods across the district, where it was identified playgrounds needed to be renewed, to better understand how each of those community uses its play spaces and what residents valued most. The designs of each of the seven replacements reflects the feedback provided by each community.

Some of the feedback themes included keeping the spaces as natural as possible, more colour and open areas, accessibility, seating and shade.

The majority of items requested through community feedback will feature in the new playgrounds.

Playground replacement sites, design themes and cool features:

Matahi Spit  - Lake life

  • Sand digger
  • Boat feature
  • Agility rope structure

Rowi Street – Titans and Telly Tubbies

  • Accessibility-friendly basket swing
  • Exercise station
  • Tightrope/balance structure 

Raniera Road reserve – Conquer the tower

  • Mini-me activity station for under 5s
  • Activity tower with tube slide
  • Accessibility-friendly basket swing

Pererika Street reserve – Colour and sound

  • Lantern swing
  • 3 sound/music pieces
  • Rope climbing structure and slide

Reporoa Hall reserve – Farm scene

  • Tractor
  • Learn to ride/scooter path
  • Animal structures 

Warwick Drive reserve – Enchanted forest

  • Play cottage
  • Spider web
  • Lime chip path from Lynwood Place

Haumoana Road reserve – Nature and butterflies

  • Butterfly rope structure
  • Bucket spinner
  • Rock climbing walls

The playground renewals were set out in the 2018-2028 Long term Plan with Council investing almost $1 million on upgrading and replacing neighbourhood playgrounds.

Council owns and maintains 80 playgrounds with 227 individual pieces of playground equipment.

Playground FAQs

I live in another neighbourhood – when will my playground be renewed?

As part of Council’s annual renewal programme, we assess all playgrounds and grade them taking into consideration the condition of the play equipment and suitability for the community that is using the playground.

Depending on the grading, each playground is prioritised for renewal or replacement and budget is allocated within Council’s Long-term Plan.

Why were these seven playgrounds selected?
We selected these playgrounds as they were scheduled for renewal, meaning the equipment is reaching the end of its life.

Will Council replace more playgrounds next year?
Yes, in this financial year (1 July – 30 June) we are looking at replacing a couple more playgrounds. Once the planning for these playgrounds is complete, we will share the locations with each community. Council is also working on a major upgrade to the playground as part of the Rotorua Lakefront Redevelopment project. 

Page reviewed: 05 Aug 2020 2:00pm