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Hakanoa Reserve

Project: Hakanoa Reserve
Client: Waikato District Council

The Ground
The tired old playground at Huntly’s Hakanoa Reserve may have been well-loved, but it was also in desperate need of a makeover. Not just any makeover, but one that the local tamariki approved of.

So, that’s where Waikato District Council’s playground project team began. Consultation visits at Huntly primary schools and early childhood centres encouraged discussion on the upgrade of the existing playground, located by the swimming pool on Huntly Domain.

Their wishlist? Swings, slides, climbing frames and a scooter track.

The Creation
The children’s request for a range of different equipment that fostered a diversity of activity was a priority playspace designer, Georgina Hailwood of Brodiehailwood was only too pleased to deliver.

The new play environment, with its colourful green and purple groundscape, now features a basket swing, slides, climbing frame, spinner, timber play structure and a scooter track. Playground Creations supplied the Junior Playground module and natural timber play elements.  

The Play
A great team partnered to bring this transformation into effect and breathe new life into a popular play area for Huntly tamariki and visiting whānau.

"This playground is a marked improvement on what was there before. By engaging with local children early on in the process, we think we have landed on a fun playground that the local kids wanted and will love to play on."

Cory Cullen   |  Project Manager  |  WAIKATO DISTRICT COUNCIL

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