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Playground equipment safe for park users

3 Jul 2015, 12:12 PM

Waitomo District Council provides a Level of Service to ensure playground equipment in Council's Parks and Reserves, is safe for playground users.

In order to provide excellent service to the community and visitors to our district, the playground equipment is maintained and in some instances renewed when old equipment is no longer safe or fulfilling its purpose.

Our Parks and Facilities team have just completed a range of maintenance work on the playgrounds including re-mulching of the surfaces (to provide cushion-fall), water-blasting, sanding and painting the equipment and making minor repairs.

Some of the improvements made at Redwood Park (Te Kuiti) include new chains for the swings - with smaller sized links to reduce the chance of children's fingers getting trapped; and making sure the swings are set at a suitable height for children. Steps around the playground, climbing equipment and leading up to the fort, have been covered with mesh to provide a non-slip surface.

Other playgrounds maintained by WDC include Centennial Park, the Skate Park (Te Kuiti), Kara Park (Piopio), playground equipment in Waitomo, Benneydale, Marokopa and the swings at Mangaokewa Reserve.

Swings at Redwood Park

Non-slip surfaces under climbing equipment