State of play for littlies

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Nature's playground: Planned improvements

Local kids should be scampering about a new playground in Queenstown Bay by Christmas.

Work’s due to begin later this month on the $670,000 renovation of the popular park between The Bathhouse – Tapas Bar & Restaurant and Horne Creek.

The contract is set to go out for tender in the next few days.

Queenstown council’s senior parks planner Jeannie Galavazi says: “The existing playground is 22 years old and overdue for replacement.

“Many components no longer meet the current standards and due to age it is unable be maintained to meet the standards.”

Galavazi says the existing playground provides only for a limited range of ages and abilities.

And due to the loose-stone surface it’s not accessible for prams, wheelchairs or less mobile care-givers.

The parks team worked with a landscape architect and playground expert on the design for the ‘destination playground’.

“The design has a focus on nature play, caters for a wide range of ages and abilities and includes improved surfaces, pathways and seating for caregivers.”

The toddler area will be set at the back of the play-space away from the lake edge.

The project was approved and confirmed in the council’s annual plan, after a period of public discussion and feedback.

paul.taylor@scene.co.nz