Newsletter No. 217

November 20, 2022

Playground Design Party

Sunday 11 December, 12 – 3 pm

This is a reminder that the last Houghton Valley Progressive Association meeting for the year is coming up this Sunday. It will be a picnic and playground design discussion at the playground near Hungerford Road.

Playgrounds are renewed every 15 years or so, so here is your chance to make a contribution to a playground design that will influence another generation of children growing up in and visiting the valley.

The submissions for the WCC designs for a new playground didn’t indicate a clear preference for either of the two proposals, and in fact a reasonable proportion didn’t indicate a preference at all. WCC is prepared to commission another design based on a clear consensus from the community that we would like a design that has more of a local identity. The discussion will be centred firstly on whether we do want another design, and secondly to think about what site specific elements we would like to base the new playground experience on. The idea is to come up with a locally appropriate theme rather than discuss the specifics of playground equipment – that will come later.

The programme for the event is:

  • 12.00 pm – gather together, mihi whakatau and discussion introduction
  • 12.45 pm – picnic lunch and discussion
  • 2.00 pm – socialise and play

For the lunch we will provide some bread rolls, relishes and a foraged salad. Please bring some other picnic food to share, your own drinks, cups, plates, utensils, picnic blanket, sun cream etc. Bring whatever you would like in the way of balls or frisbees for afterwards.

Do let us know if you are coming so that we can gauge numbers. RSVP to the email below or on the event on our local Facebook Group. It’s okay if you can only make part of the time, we’d still love to see you and hear your ideas. If you can’t make it at all, please ask for an e-copy via the email address above. You can either email your suggestions or put a printed copy in the Community Hall letterbox at 80 Houghton Bay Road.

If the weather is unmanageable, we will hold the event at the Houghton Valley Hall, at 80 Houghton Bay Road.

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