Work has started on New Brighton’s new Beachside Playground.
Late last year, the local community shared their ideas for the playground, and earlier this year local school pupils were also asked to take part in the design. The ideas have been pulled together to create a concept that includes three distinctive play zones – a water-play and splash pad, dry play and toddler area. Overwhelming feedback has seen the New Brighton whale included in the concept design.
Christchurch City Council approved $8.03 million for the Beachside Playground in December 2016, including a contribution towards the New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, and coastal protection work. Earlier this week, the Council also agreed to include a further $11.2 million in the budget for the development of the New Brighton hot pools alongside the playground.
A month long engagement process in July 2017 sought community feedback on the concept designs. Seating, shading, accessibility, play equipment for the disabled, and protection from the wind were strong themes in the responses we received.
Construction began in August 2017, and the playground will be progressively opened during Summer 2017/18.