- Auckland, New Zealand
Encouraging families and children to stay and play was a top priority for Auckland Council when they upgraded the playground in one of the city’s most prized open spaces, Western Park.
By embracing the principles of accessibility and inclusivity when designing the play space, the Council has created a much-loved destination where children (and the young at heart) experience the joy and benefits of outdoor play.
Nestled amongst trees and gardens in the heart of the park, the playground is accessible via marked paths that meander through native bush. Once there, the diverse range of equipment is capable of keeping children occupied for hours.
From toddlers to teens, the play space offers endless opportunities for fun, challenge and learning – whether it’s racing friends down the twin slides or conquering the 25 metre third slide (one of the longest slides in Auckland), jumping on trampolines or hurtling along the flying fox. There’s plenty to do until it is time for home! This also includes climbing up and through the two custom-made Acorn towers, and swinging, balancing and seesawing.
With accessibility and inclusivity at its core, the lower level play area features a toddler tower as well as special needs equipment including a wheelchair-friendly basket swing. The trampolines and spinning carousel are also at ground level for ease of access.