Playground upgrades

The Council carries out a scheduled programme of playground upgrades across the city. This makes sure our facilities meet current safety standards, and offer a fun play experience for our younger residents.

Current upgrades

Shorland Park upgrade - view project page

Recently completed upgrades

Elizabeth Street play area in Mount Victoria.
Elizabeth Street Play Area, Mount Victoria

Elizabeth Street play area

The upgrade included:

  • A junior module
  • Swing set
  • Balance balls
  • Musical flowers 
  • Seesaw
  • Adding a rubbish bin
  • Enclosing the site, with a pedestrian gate
  • Refurbished bench seats

The upgrade was completed in December 2021 and cost $95,000.

Nuku Street play area in Strathmore Park.
Nuku Street Play Area, Strathmore Park

Nuku Street Play Area

The upgrade included:

  • A refurbished climbing module
  • A slide
  • Swing set with basket, belt and baby seat
  • Refurbished bench seats
  • Adding a rubbish bin

The upgrade was completed in  December 2021 and cost $107,000.

An aerial view of Cummings Park in Ngaio.
Cummings Park Play Area, Ngaio

Cummings Park play area

This upgrade included:

  • Synthetic surfaces to enhance accessibility to equipment
  • crow’s nest climbing structure with slide
  • additional picnic tables and bench seats
  • stepping logs and balance beams
  • shade sail
  • junior play module
  • gyro spinner
  • four swing seats, including an inclusive seat

This upgrade was completed in October 2021 and cost $388,000.

Pembroke Road Play Area after the upgrades.
Pembroke Road Play Area, Wilton

Pembroke Road Play Area

The upgrade included:

  • artificial grass and asphalt path to enhance accessibility to equipment
  • tower and slide
  • seesaw
  • bowl spinner 
  • swing set with 2 seats
  • existing carousel to be refurbished shortly.

The upgrade was completed in August 2021 and cost $92,000.

Note: There is some barrier fencing up while the new grass grows.

Pukehuia Park in Newlands is due to be officially opened with a blessing and ceremony
Pukehuia Park, Newlands

Pukehuia Park Play Area

The upgrade included:

  • two new play areas, one for toddlers and younger children and another for older kids
  • an all-weather artificial surface for informal sports - including a marked-out Ki-O-Rahi pitch
  • a basketball half-court
  • a boardwalk with a small wetland area
  • a revamped skate area
  • a pump track - picnic and BBQ area
  • an expanded car park and improved entrance area

While the park is open from Saturday 31 July 2021, there are a few things still to be completed after that date. Check out the project page for details.

The cost of the upgrade was $3.6 million, partly funded by a $1.54 million grant from Plimmer Bequest.

A large grey slide attached to a wooden climbing structure, surrounded by other play devices. Bark mulch is spread across the ground.
Karori Park Play Area

Karori Park Play Area

The upgrade included:

  • a toddlers play area with equipment designed for smaller children including a climbing wall, a slide and platform, as well as some interactive and balance equipment.
  • accessible play equipment including a carousel, an inground tramp and an inclusive seat in the swing set.
  • a play fort, four seater swing set, embankment slides and a trampoline.
  • nature play area with stepper logs.
Wall Park showing a large grassed area, a picnic table, a basket swing monkey bars for kids to swing on and tree stumps for them to walk across.
Wall Park Play Area, Linden

Wall Park Play Area

The upgrade included:

  • a nature play area
  • new swing set
  • flying fox
  • accessible claw swing
  • embankment slide
  • monkey bars.

Some local students participated in the early design process.

The upgrade was completed in February 2021.

A play area shaped like a stylised elephant. The trunk of the elephant is a tubular slide.
Khandallah Library Play Area

Khandallah Library Play Area 

The upgrade included:

  • a balance challenge circuit, transitioning between stepping logs and beams
  • an elephant slide, fund raised by the the local Khandallah Business Group (BID)

The cost of the upgrade was $90,000.

More information

Phone: 04 499 4444
Email: playground.upgrades@wcc.govt.nz