South Taranaki Star
More than $13,000 of fun officially opened at Hawera's King Edward Park last Friday.
Young and old celebrated the new playground, a brainchild of the South Taranaki District Council parks team; equipment and a change in layout.
The idea was mooted late last year, with the Hawera Community Board footing the bill for the changes.
Board chairwoman Fiona Hicks said considering they usually dole out $1000 to $2000 at a time for projects, the playground had been a big outlay.
"It's getting a lot of good use. . .' it's really kid friendly," she said.
The playground features a new bridge - strong enough that parents can guide their toddlers over it until they gain the confidence to walk across themselves.
There are also four bright ‘bouncy bugs' and a decorative garden for children to explore.
STDC parks curator David Bruce said that the project came in on budget thanks to a mixture of good finds and recycled materials.
"The idea was to have lots of colour to attract the children," Mr Bruce said.
"It will be full of sunflowers in another month's time."
The playground has also been specially planted to invite monarch butterflies into the area for children to look at.
STDC staff, community board members and the children of Little Gems Pacey Ave set up shop for a play on the Friday. The children of Kiwi Clubhouse Learning Centre tested it all out the day before.
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