Family concerns about the lack of shade for children at the
Lakes Hayes Estate playground have led two women to ask the
Queenstown Lakes District Council for a grant towards a shade
Samantha Kean and Celine Austin made a submission to the
council's draft annual plan saying that most parents used the
playground only early in the morning or late in the
afternoon, due to the intensity of the sun.
Surrounding trees ''are still very small and do not provide
enough [shade] to protect our children from the sun,
especially on hot summer days''.
''The idea of a shade sail was put forward and the residents
(supported by the Lake Hayes Community Association) would
like to have the input of Queenstown Lakes District
Council,'' their submission said.
They estimated a shade sail would cost a maximum of $10,000
but the community association did not have the money in its
The women said now the bike park at the estate was open, the
area had become more popular and birthday parties and
barbecues were hosted there in summer.