Chartwell Reserve - playground upgrade

We've been working with the students of Waitākiri School to develop a new playground. We're now seeking your feedback on the design.

Project status: Closed for feedback
Open for feedback: 12 December 2022 to 6 February 2023

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Consultation was carried out from 12 December 2022 to 6 February 2023. During this time we heard from 17 individuals.

You can read the summary of submissions here [PDF, 117 KB]

This playground is being renewed through our new process, and has been approved to be installed by the end of this year. 


In May 2022, we worked with students at Waitākiri School to choose from a range of play equipment and create a playground that would meet the needs of both the school and local community.  

We asked the students to select equipment that would suit a wide range of ages and abilities. They needed to consider accessibility, what the equipment was made of, how many children could use it at one time, and budget.

We encouraged students to share the options with their peers and come back to us with their final thoughts. The students' choices were very creative and helped guide us to plan a play space that can be accessible and fun for everyone who uses it.

Although the playground is used by Waitākiri School during their lunch breaks, the space is a community park and open to everyone at all times. The fencing is in place to make sure children are safe and the gates should always be unlocked.

What's next?

We're now sharing the plan with the local community so you can provide feedback before it is presented to the Waitai Coastal-Burwood-Linwood Community Board in early 2023 for approval.

Once approved by the Community Board, we will order the play equipment, prepare the construction plans and engage a contractor to carry out the work.

Due to the current lead times on play equipment, we expect that construction will begin mid-2023.

What your new equipment looks like

Equipment Features

Monkey Bars

Promotes swinging, hanging, climbing, crawling, strength and height awareness.

Double Wave Slide

1.8m high double wave slide, integrates multiple senses, including balance, tactile and an awareness of the position and movement of the body. To use this equipment, children need to climb which promotes coordination. Team work and development of interpersonal skills when you can race or use the activity with a friend or family member.

Trick Skate

This item springs and rotates, it provides challenge depending on the users ability, users can sit, kneel, stand or lay on the platform. Enhances balance, coordination and movement of the body.

Orion Climbing Carousel

Suits a wide range of ages and abilities and can accommodate up to 20 children at a time. Smaller children,  infants or those with limited mobility can sit or lay in the bottom basket or use the ropes to pull themselves up and be spun around. Older children can climb up to the next level and either spin themselves around or see how high they can climb.

Playful edging

Enhances balance and coordination, makes the necessary functions of the playground edging multifunctional and challenging.

Accessible picnic table

 A wheelchair-accessible picnic table has been included in the plan.


The playground will connect to the existing paths that run through the reserve.


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Who to contact

Kiran Skelton,
Engagement Advisor

How the decision is made

  • Closed for feedback

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