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Playground upgrades

We aim to create play spaces that are accessible, fun, varied and cater for a wide range of abilities. Our goal is to design interesting play spaces that meet the needs of both children and their caregivers.

Playground upgrade news

We are committed to improving the accessibility of our play spaces for the whole community by having connecting paths to each site.  And, excitedly, our playgrounds will include items of sensory play, that incorporate touch and sound.

Playground upgrades and renewals are driven by the condition of the equipment.  Sometimes the equipment can look perfectly fine but in reality be close to the end of its life.  The inspections we do of the equipment is quite in-depth, so while the equipment may look perfectly fine, underneath the paint and coverings is where the true condition is measured.


Wairaka Park - Pukerua Bay

Have your say on play - Wairaka Park renewal.

Plans are getting under way to renew the equipment at Wairaka Park as it is coming to the end of its life. It’s important to us that this space continues to be enjoyed and meets the needs of the community. Sharing your thoughts, ideas and feedback will inform the design of the space.

The area outlined in red (below) is the focus of the renewal works.

Along with the play equipment, the current seating, rubbish bin and park signage will be replaced. Existing buildings, car parks, roadways, the dell and the existing large trees and vegetation will remain as is.

Ideally the construction works will happen in late summer/early autumn next year (2022).

You can submit your feedback by emailing parksfeedback@poriruacity.govt.nz or phone us on 04 237 5089.

A survey we carried out, asking questions such as who uses it and accessibility, closed in October. Thank you for your thoughts and feedback - we are currently analysing the information that has been shared and will inform you of the concept design in late October/early November.

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Moray Park - COMPLETED

We are making plans to upgrade Moray Park in Papakōwhai in February/March 2021 and have heard your ideas about what we could include in the upgrade, and how you or your whānau use the space.

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Thank you for sending us your votes for the Moray Park playground. We received 100 votes from the community and the preferred playground was Option 2 with 62% of the vote.

Thank you for taking the time to vote for your favourite playground.

Moray Park FAQs

The main driver behind the works is the play equipment is at the end of its life, so it needs replacing. In addition, there are some works that we want to do as part of the upgrade and these are:   

  • Improve paths to the playground
  • A sign at the entry to the park
  • To open the entry and enhance the look and feel of the park, we will do some shrub removal or trimming as well as some new plantings
  • To improve drainage, the ground level of the new playground will be raised and potentially moved to the east side of the park.

Please keep in mind that this is classified as a neighbourhood park and therefore the scale of the playground needs to stay relatively small. We are excited to hear what sort of play elements you would like to see, and how you use your park. The budget for the upgrade, excluding the works above, is about $70,000.


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Ascot Park - COMPLETED

Ascot Park Playspace upgrade vote results!

Thank you for sending us your votes for the Ascot Park playground. We received 112 votes from the community and the preferred playground was Option 2, with 67%. Thank you for taking the time to vote for your favourite.

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We are finalising the design now and construction for the majority of the new playspace upgrade is planned for March/April 2021.

Some final works may need to be completed later in 2021.

Ascot Park FAQs

The main driver behind the works is that some of the play equipment is at the end of its life so needs replacing. In addition, there are some works that we have to do as part of the upgrade and these are: 

- New flying fox launch platforms

- New concrete accessible path to playspace

The budget for the playspace upgrade, including the works above, is about $120,000, which will mean there are limitations in the complexity of the elements we can deliver for you. The playground will need to remain at a similar scale as it is now.


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Contact us

You can email parksfeedback@poriruacity.govt.nz or phone us on 04 237 5089 for more information on either of these planned upgrades.

We will use the feedback to inform the design brief of the upgrades.  If we have two preferred options following the design submissions, we will give you a chance to vote on your favourite design – so keep an eye out for a second survey in November!

The Moray Pl and Ascot Park upgrades are likely to include elements of natural play.


Endeavour Park, Whitby OPEN

Thanks to the feedback we received from the public late in 2019, we have made changes to the design. You told us that the playground needs to cater for younger children, have challenging elements, can handle a number of kids at one time, not have loud musical items, but include bright, bold colours. We’re confident that this new design ticks all of those boxes after working very closely with our playground suppliers.

Twin racing embankment slide down the small hill, linking the table and chair

  • Two-bay swing set which will have a toddler and adult swing as well as a basket swing allowing for children with all abilities
  • A large play tower module featuring:
    • Spider jungle net
    • Gyrofling
    • Monkey bar wave
    • Wobbly log bridge
    • Glider flying fox
    • Balance beam
    • Space walk
    • Tower with multiple platforms and shade
    • Rock climbing wall
    • Little cubbyhouse under the tower which we’ll call and label “Wests Junior Clubhouse”
    • Sensory ‘make it rain’ and turning cogs play panels

We’ll continue to install the Supa Nova at this playground as we’re confident this is an awesome piece of equipment for older kids when used correctly. Check out this YouTube clip of some of cool tricks that can be done on a Supa Nova – are you up for the challenge?

The new playground will also feature a new footpath from the car park and a water fountain as part of the upgrade.


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There’s a bit going on there and we’re mindful that you may have a few questions. You can always email parksfeedback@poriruacity.govt.nz or call us on 04 237 5089 if you have any queries.


Ernest Park, Rānui OPEN

After fantastic feedback from residents, we're pleased to see this playground being well-used. We made some minor changes to make the space extra special. See photos below.

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Brown's Bay Reserve, Whitby OPEN

The playground renewal is complete. The playground from a design view looks like this (see below). In the past six months, Bodmin Tce and Navigation Dr reserves have both had their playgrounds renewed.  Head over and check them out!

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