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Playground revamp nearing end

Children in Marlborough will be jumping for joy as new playgrounds near completion.

An in-ground trampoline, musical equipment and an acorn-shaped playground are taking shape at Blenheim’s Pollard Park.

The new-look additions should be ready to use in around a month.

The work reflects Marlborough District Council’s commitment to improve facilities for children, a spokesman says.

“The new playground will also be home to four pieces of new equipment that provide accessibility for children who are not able-bodied: an in-ground trampoline, carousel, liberty swing and musical equipment.

“The musical items were made possible through a contribution from the Differently Abled Children of Marlborough parent group, who fundraised for them.

The playground equipment from Pollard Park is being ‘upcycled’ for this site, with other play pieces to be added, reflecting a farm-style theme.

A new slide and swings are being put up in Renwick near the Giesen Sports and Recreation Centre: Photo: Paula Hulburt

Work on a new playground at Mark Smith Reserve, on the Boulevard Park on Taylor subdivision, is also underway and is expected to be open by late June.

Pollard Park’s new ‘acorn’ playground foundation pads have been laid and the first supports and pods have been installed.

The acorn-style pods are suspended off supports connected by mesh tunnels. Exit points feature a rope ladder or a slide.

Children from aged five and over will be able to use the new equipment, with completion only a month away.

Deputy Mayor Terry Sloan, Chair of the Assets and Services Committee, says he was really pleased to see the progress.

“Marlborough has an enviable range of parks, reserves and places to go for recreation. These new facilities will bring great enjoyment to our children and grandchildren and provide a place for parents to relax.”

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