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DCC seeking views on destination playground designs

The Dunedin City Council is now asking people to provide feedback on draft concept plans for the city’s three destination playgrounds.

Feedback from stage 1 consultation on the destination playground last year indicated the community wanted to see the playgrounds at Marlow Park (the dinosaur park), Woodhaugh Gardens and Mosgiel Memorial Gardens redeveloped into modern destination playgrounds. They are already categorised as destination playgrounds because they are big, have many pieces of play equipment, facilities such as toilets and barbecues and provide a unique experience but they need improvements.

DCC Group Manager Scott MacLean says, “We heard from more than 1,600 people that they value these three playgrounds and want us to invest in them.

“These plans respond to suggestions the community made during the first stage of destination playground consultation in 2022. The most requested type of play was water play, fountains and splash pads.

“People also wanted play for all ages and abilities, from toddlers to teens and adults, and accessible for disabled people. Supporting infrastructure asked for included shading, weather shelters, toilets, seating, tables, fencing and barbecues and spaces and equipment that will encourage families and friends to gather.

“So now, in the stage 2 consultation starting today, we’re asking people for their views on draft concept plans for these playgrounds. These plans show things that the community told us are important to them. People can have their say on the playground designs, equipment, seating, access, paths and cycleways, artwork, shelter and spaces for picnics and barbecues.”

Marlow has a coastal dune and discovery theme, Mosgiel is urban play and has a skate park, and Woodhaugh has a water, adventure and woodland theme.

“Because these types of playgrounds are designed for the whole community to use and are a greater investment, we want to make sure that we get it right,” Mr MacLean says.

As well as online consultation, a series of open days and drop-ins are planned. The deadline for feedback is Monday, 4 December 2023.

Early next year, the Council will consider feedback on the concept plans and decide on the next steps as part of the 10-Year Plan 2024-34.

For more information and to see the plans and flythrough videos visit www.dunedin.govt.nz/destination-play.


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