21 December 2017
New Brighton’s newest attraction – a multimillion-dollar seaside playground – has opened in time for Christmas.
The new playground sits just to the north of New Brighton Library and has everything from water cannons and musical toys to swings, slides and a large waka that children can climb and play in.
The new splash pad play area has become home to a clone of New Brighton’s iconic whale and other play features will be added to the playground over the coming weeks.
Local school children and community members had input into the design of the playground, which is the first major project to be delivered by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL).
DCL Chief Executive Rob Hall said the opening of the playground marked the first stage of New Brighton’s revitalisation.
“It’s really exciting to start seeing results in New Brighton and to have such a family-friendly attraction as the first project to come up is just fantastic. We’re thrilled that families living in New Brighton and in wider Christchurch will be able to enjoy this fantastic facility over the summer,’’ Mr Hall said.
Coastal Ward Councillor David East said the playground was a positive step forward for New Brighton.
“It will bring families to the area and really help lift the profile of New Brighton and give positive spin-offs for local businesses,’’ said Cr East, who officially opened the playground along with Coastal Burwood Community Board Chair Kim Money.
The beachside playground is the first in a series of initiatives to kick-start New Brighton’s revitalisation.
The New Brighton Regeneration Project aims to draw people into the village centre through the development of attractions such as the new playground and the Christchurch Hot Pools, as well as by making improvements to Marine Parade and Brighton Mall.
A contribution to the New Brighton Surf Club rebuild is also included in the project, alongside transport and parking improvements.