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Source: Auckland Council

It didn’t take long for youngsters to explore the upgraded toddlers’ playground at Jean Sampson Reserve in Northcote Point this week.  

“Within 15 minutes the place was swarming,” says Kaipātiki Local Board member Paula Gillon, who took her children along to test out the new equipment.

“I’m really thrilled to see this play space complete and already so popular.

“Local families have been waiting for a long time for a dedicated, fenced toddler playground in the Kaipātiki area,” she says.

“Having a safe, engaging and suitable play space for crawlers, cruisers and toddlers is not only important for their development but for their parents and caregivers’ peace of mind.”

Designed specifically for very young children, the upgraded space is full fenced and among the features are a mount slide and tunnel, sandpit, spinner, nature trail with bridge and sunshades are in place. There is also a picnic table and the swings have been relocated and upgraded and the toilets and a drinking fountain are nearby.

An iconic item of the playground has also had a spruce up.  

“It’s wonderful to see that the much-loved memorial fire engine has been refurbished and reinstalled for more children to enjoy,” adds Paula.

She adds that the council has also been able to reuse some of the other elements of the old playground in the new design.

The local board is planning an ‘official’ opening or activation event at the playground in the next few weeks.