Playground in line for upgrade

Frankton's Kawarau Playground will benefit from a $25,000 landscaping upgrade, after the Queenstown Lakes District Council's community services committee approved the project at a meeting last week.

Project manager Russell Engelke said, in a report to the committee, the playground equipment was still functional and some new pieces had been added in the past few years.

"However, the playground is set in a rather untidy timber frame and has limited aesthetic appeal in terms of landscaping," he said.

Landscaping the playground would improve the experience for both children and adult users of the reserve.

Committee members approved the design plan after a visit to the playground recently.

The playground, beside Alta Pl and Remarkables Cres, will undergo landscaping work, including a new path, stepping stones, creation of a flat playing area and plantings.

Mr Engelke said the Frankton Community Association had requested more seating, thinning of overgrown vegetation at the bus stop, more shade and better drainage around the basketball half court.

"Although the increase in play equipment is limited, the play experience will be greatly enhanced by the improved surroundings."

The committee also recommended the council improve signs pointing to the playground as some members had had difficulty finding it for their site visit.


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