21 December 2017
is calling on families, particularly from the Cromwell area, to help it choose the new equipment for
a playground to be installed at the Big Fruit Reserve in 2018.
this year the first stage of public consultation provided Parks staff
with an understanding of what the community would use the space for and the
type of equipment it wanted to see.
The feedback indicated that
the community had a desire for a playground to cater for pre-school children as
well as older children. As a result, two separate playground areas within the
reserve (senior and junior) are being consulted on.
A request for proposals was
sent to playground equipment manufacturers in spring. A number of proposals,
which met the community feedback-driven brief, were submitted. The proposals
have been narrowed down to three options for each age group based on what the
community said they would like to see in the space.
This next stage of
consultation will run over the summer school holiday period. Signs will be displayed
on the future site of the Big Fruit Reserve playground area pointing people to
two online surveys – www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFRjunior
and www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFRsenior. Posters will be also displayed at the Cromwell
Swim Centre and Cromwell Library for children and families to choose their
favourite by way of a “sticky dot poll”.
plan is to fence the junior playground and cover it with a shade sail. The proposed surface under the junior
playground equipment will be sand so the three options include sand play