Queenstown's playground to get $670,000 upgrade after 22 years
A 22-year-old playground at Queenstown Bay will be given a facelift to become a "destination playground" for the district.
The $670,000 upgrade would feature a climbing net, an acoustic play bridge, a 3 metre-wide slide and a tree house on the resort's waterfront.
Work on the new playground, near The Bathhouse cafe, will start this month.
Queenstown Lakes District Council parks planning manager Stephen Quin said the "destination" playground would ba a major attraction for visitors and locals alike.
"It's a playground that people travel across the district to visit, often staying for several hours."
The only equivalent in the district was the dinosaur playground in Wanaka, Quin said.
The feedback on the project had been "really supportive" with parents excited to see the upgrade, he said.
"In terms of free things children can do it's quite limited really, and the existing playground, although quite well used, has been there in its current state for 22 years."
Marine Pde would be connected to the Queenstown Gardens by a new bridge over Horne Creek.
"It has its connecting spinal structure, which is based on the tree-like design and connecting different spaces and experiences like climbing and swinging," he said.
The upgraded playground would also connect the beach and the gardens using natural materials and colours.
The facility would cater for all ages and abilities.
There were opportunities to add more features into the playground in the future, Quin said.
Hanley's Farm and Shotover Country were the next locations for new playgrounds.