- Christchurch, New Zealand
Halswell, less than 10-minutes’ drive to the Christchurch CBD, is a leafy suburb that’s known for its friendly neighbourhood atmosphere and community spirit. These factors were front and centre when we worked with landscape architects, Xteriorscapes, to build a new playground in Halswell’s newest residential estate, Milns Park.
The goal was to create a welcoming space where families and neighbours could come together to relax, unwind and play, and a whole new generation of kids could have heaps of good old-fashioned fun!
Set in a clearing surrounded by well-established trees, the playground and its equipment draw inspiration from the park’s natural surroundings. The multiple play zones feature sturdy, weather-hardy timber play equipment and surfaces.
The park’s standout feature is a tower which sits atop a landscaped mound. From the tower, there’s a large covered slide to transport young players down to the lower level, where they have the choice to run back up the hill and do it all again or shoot off in a different direction.
Designed for children of all ages, stages and abilities, the playground includes a combination of individual swings as well as a basket-style swing that allows an adult and child or multiple children to swing together. And with a modern seesaw, more towers, more slides and not one, but two climbing structures, Milns Park is a place where the community’s kids will want to stay and play, and return to again and again.