Four years in making


A Glenorchy playground that will “push boundaries” is on the ground after four years of fundraising.

The $120,000, 308sq m “playground and fitness circuit” (pictured) includes an “invasion wall” and “labyrinth bridge” and is aimed at those aged from 10 years right up to adults.

The playground – expected to officially open today – is the brainchild of the three-woman Glenorchy School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association.

“There are a lot of things [here] for younger kids but the older age group hasn’t had anything for a while,” association head Ann-Marie Contrucci says. “Especially something that is going to push them – because this will push boundaries.”

Alexandra contractors started work on the circuit, behind the Glenorchy School, on June 22.

An $80,000 grant from Queenstown Lakes District Council – part of which will fund another playground for junior kids – boosted the project, Contrucci says.

Groups including Glenorchy’s community association and rugby club also gave money.