Playground Renovation Revisited
We decided to go back and take some pictures of a renovated playground that has been in use for some time.
A fort was created to act as a viewing platform so that the children have a great view of the road. As this is a rural farming community there is often interesting traffic passing by, such as combine harvesters and tractors.
The swing bridge also overlooks the under two area providing an opportunity for interaction for the two groups.
The fort is built from treated pine uprights, Manuka and kwila balustrade and cedar shingle roof.
The walkway leads to several other areas of the playground.
The large mud kitchen gets a huge amount of use and has become a focus for messy play.
Sandpit with boulder surround. Step/work space in foreground and sandpit storage box in the background. The three bay storage box is located so children have ready access to equipment.
A new path was created using a variety of different finishes. The bricks and pavers had been acquired by the staff and parents and we incorporated them into the path. We also put new gable ends on the existing whare. The kowhaiwhai pattern was then painted on by one of the teachers.
A child height pergola was part of the brief. The bike path can be seen running underneath.
Here is the detail of the pergola. Macrocarpa inserts were used as part of the textured path. In the centre of these was local stone which mirrors the stone work used in the main street of Methven town.