Latham Park was the site of an accident involving a small
child last month. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle.
The Dunedin City Council is investigating after a small
child fell off some playground equipment in Portobello and was
The incident occurred on June 30 at Latham Park. It was
reported to the council on July 3.
Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said the accident occurred
when a child was playing on a piece of equipment that
consisted of a mound with concrete tunnels through it, topped
with a fort and slide.
The boy, aged 3, was crouched above the entrance to the
tunnels that sits on top of the mound.
He lost his balance and fell into the concrete tunnel,
hitting his head, she said.
The boy sustained a concussion and bruising.
Council staff had been in touch with the boy's mother after
she informed them of the incident. The opening he had fallen
through had been temporarily boarded up.
The piece of equipment had not been the site of any previous
accidents since it was installed in 2007, Ms Wheeler said.
The equipment had been audited recently and no issue had been
Since the incident, the council had returned to the auditor
to seek further advice on whether anything needed to be done
with the equipment.
There had not been a large number of playground accidents
reported to the Parks Department, Ms Wheeler said.