Playground upgrade for Temuka

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The playground in Temuka’s St Leonard Reserve will soon have new equipment that will cater to a wide range of ages and abilities, with a new activity tower to be installed at the end of this month.

Timaru District Council’s park and recreation manager Bill Steans said the old climbing tower was installed more than 20 years ago and was requiring significant repair to keep up with the current New Zealand Playground Standards.

“The new tower is a multifunctional facility, containing a climbing net, slides for smaller and bigger children and other things that will cater to a wide range of ages and abilities.

“Unlike the typical plastic and timber activity tower, this one is made of recyclable and reusable materials of timber and steel, which is more environmentally friendly and will suit the woodland setting in a better way.

“Underneath is the black and grey rubber surface with highly effective shock absorbency and durability.”

Mr Steans said the installation would start from October 23 followed by the under-surfacing work if weather permitted. The facility was expected to open to the public by the end of October.

Mr Steans said that all of the new equipment met current New Zealand Playground Standards and a lot of effort had been put into ensuring that the equipment was well integrated into the surrounding landscape and environment.

“We are aiming to create playgrounds that provide challenges for children and offer them the opportunity to improve their physical co-ordination.

Work would also be undertaken at Mulcahy Park in Timaru.

“We will shortly be opening a large, tandem flying fox. They are 30m long and run parallel to each other.

“This flying fox system has already been installed and will be open in a couple of weeks depending on how long the grass seed takes to strike.”