The New Brighton Beachside Playground was opened on 20 December 2017 by Councillor David East and Coastal-Burwood Community Chair Kim Money.
The new playground sits just to the north of New Brighton Library and has everything from water cannons and musical toys to swings, slides and a large waka that children can climb and play in.
Local school children and community members had input into the design of the playground, which is the first major project to be delivered by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL). It was delivered ahead of time and under budget.
DCL Chief Executive Rob Hall said the opening of the playground marked the first stage of New Brighton’s revitalisation.
The Beachside Playground is the first in a series of initiatives to kick-start New Brighton’s revitalisation.
The New Brighton Regeneration Project aims to draw people into the village centre through the development of attractions such as the new playground and the Christchurch Hot Pools, as well as by making improvements to Marine Parade and Brighton Mall.
A contribution to the New Brighton Surf Club rebuild was also included in the project.
The Beachside Playground will close for a period of 6-8 weeks after the July 2018 school holidays while a series of improvements are made.