New Brighton Beachside Playground Concept Design

Development Christchurch Limited is seeking feedback and ideas on what will be New Brighton’s brand new Beachside Playground

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 22nd June 2017 - 23rd July 2017

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In November 2016, Development Development Christchurch Ltd (DCL) asked the community for feedback on the proposed hot salt water pools and Beachside Playground.

In December 2016, Christchurch City Council approved $8.03m funding for the Beachside Playground and coastal protection works. This funding will help the New Brighton surf life saving club to rebuild as part of the development.

Following feedback in November 2016, we have been working with local school pupils to hear first-hand what our young experts would like in their new playground and this has helped develop this concept design.

There are three distinctive play zones — a water-play and splash pad zone, a dry play zone, and a toddlers’ zone. We are inviting community feedback on these three concepts until Sunday 23 July. Please note that this design does not include the hot salt water pools as this project has only just received funding. However, engagement on the concept design for the hot salt water pools, located near the Beachside Playground, will happen soon and we look forward to hearing your feedback on this exciting development.

Image showing position of Beachside Playground and the three play zones

Position of Beachside Playground and the three play zones

Playground concept

Artists impression of the beachside playground

An artist’s impression of the Beachside Playground looking from Marine Parade to the sea

This is a concept of the proposed playground, which includes:

  • Paddling pool and splash pad with lots of water toys
  • Flying fox, climbing frames and slides
  • Toddlers’ play area with sand and age-specific play structures
  • Quieter play areas for adults and children
  • Interactive water-play area where children can build and create their own water world
  • Dry playground with rope ladders, towers, tunnels, swings, slides and trampolines
  • lots of seating, shading and quiet areas for relaxation
  • Accessible play equipment for children of all ages and abilities
  • Countouring and structures to keep the wind at bay

Accessibility play kit

  • Quiet spaces
  • Inclusive play components for the disabled

What about the whale?

We are giving your whale a facelift and reusing it as an integral part of the water play fun.

Artists impression. Birds eye view of the three play zones

Birds eye view of the three play zones

Experience - whale pool and splash pad

Image of Splash pad and whale pool features

Examples of how some of the features might look in the whale pool and splash pad

Examples of how some of the features might look in the whale pool and splash pad area

Feel - Interactive water play

Map of interactive areas

Examples of how some of the features might look in the interactive water play ar

Examples of how some of the features might look in the interactive water play area

Explore - dry play

Close up of dry play area features

Examples of how some of the features might look in the dry play area

Wind, sun and seating

From our conversations with the community, the provision of shading, seating, and protection from the wind is extremely important. We have taken this on board and there will be plenty of seating, with integrated shade and wind protection features. In addition, we will be sculpting the landscape and adding special structures to make the playground a pleasant environment all year round.

What happens next?

Your feedback will be used to further develop the playground design. at the same time, we are working with The Council and with Environment Canterbury to obtain the necessary consents to allow the playground construction works to commence later this winter.

When construction starts we will need to use the land where the playground is now, so we will need to close it for some time. We hope the excitement of the new playground makes up for any inconvenience during this time.

Who is Development Christchurch Ltd?

DCL is Christchurch’s Urban Development Agency. We work with The Council and the private sector to make a positive impact on the regeneration of Christchurch, and on the city’s urban environment.

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  • Decision made