Shorland Park play area upgrade

We're renewing the play equipment at Shorland Park.

A grassy area with swings to the left a large slide in the middle and smaller blue slide to the right. Behind the play equipment are a row of Pohutukawa trees.

About the project

Shorland Park is a community park in Island Bay, with a well-used but ageing play area. 

The play area is due for improvements as part of Wellington City Council's renewal programme. See our Play Spaces Policy (2017) for more information.

The approximate budget for this project is $523,000.

Project scope

The play area renewal will focus on: 

  • Location of the play areas
  • Replacing existing play equipment (which doesn't meet current safety standards) with new equipment.

What’s not included

Changes to the Liberty swing plus overall layout and landscape are outside the scope of this project.

What's happened so far

During June and July 2020, we asked the local community for their ideas and suggestions about what they would like to see at Shorland Park.

These were used to shape a draft concept design, which went out for consultation during November and December 2020

Delays to construction 

Due to delays on the play equipment items coming from overseas, we have had to shift the start date from 1 August to mid-November. While these delays are frustrating, unfortunately they aren't uncommon with items coming from overseas due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on supply chains

We have planned construction in a two-stage approach, so that some equipment will be open to the public in time for the Christmas break. 

Stage one will be from Monday 15 November – Thursday 23 December. Construction begins on refurbished snail, new slide tower structure, one set of swings, and the flying fox.

The second stage of construction will be from Monday 10 January 2022 – Friday 18 February 2022. Whilst we had hoped to be out of the site prior to the Island Bay Festival dates of 12 to 13 February, this is not sufficient time to complete all tasks.

Once the project is complete, we will be proceeding with the decommissioning of the existing pirate ship and toddler play area. These two areas are not compliant to the current standards, and we have invested our funding into bringing the play area together, as requested by the majority of submitters during public consultation.

Shorland Park construction stages (5637 KB)

Final design plan

The final plan has been developed using the feedback we received on the draft concept design.

Shorland Park play area – final design plan (560KB PDF)

The main comments we received were around provision of shade, more swings, retaining the existing snail structure, and asking for the layout to be spread out more than in the concept plan. We have incorporated all these features into the final design.

There are a number of accessible features including all weather safety surfacing, an inclusive swing in addition to the Liberty swing, and the Tipi carousel spinner that is transferrable for users.

Check out this video where the playground designer explains the choices made and why. Please note: In the final plan, the pirate ship has been rotated slightly, but it will stay in the same location. 

More information about the play equipment

Construction is expected to begin in early August, and we’re hoping to have the renewed play area open by mid-October. The existing play equipment and some access paths will be closed during construction.

The existing pirate ship

We have now received the structural report for the pirate ship, which has unfortunately identified a large number of issues. We have engaged a contractor to scope options for deconstruction and remedial work. We will then determine the best course of action, taking into consideration the continued deterioration of the item in the coastal environment.

Other works at Shorland Park

Public toilets upgrade

At the end of last year, we upgraded the interior of the public toilets on Reef Street, increasing the number of cubicles form three to four.

We're also considering other works to be done at a later date, including installing an outdoor shower.

Band rotunda maintenance

We are currently completing a condition assessment of the band rotunda, and investigating options for refurbishment next year.


Phase one: Initial consultation (ideas and suggestions) – Complete

Monday 22 June 2020 – Feedback opened
5pm, Monday 20 July 2020 - Feedback closed

Phase two: Second consultation (feedback on draft concept design) – Complete

26 November 2020 - Feedback opened
5pm 17 December 2020 - Feedback closed

Phase three: Final plan - Complete

April 2021 - Final plan to be presented to the public

Phase four: Construction

Stage one of construction: Monday 15 November – Thursday 23 December 2021
Stage two of construction: Monday 10 January – Friday 18 February 2022

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact:

Matthew Beres
Parks, Sports and Recreation