19 February 2007
A third destination playground is now open in Hamilton at Tauhara Park as the Potter Children's Playground was officially opened on 13 February.
Council jointly funded the playground in conjunction with the Potter Trust administered from the national office of the Freemasons of New Zealand and the WEL Energy Trust. Council also provided public toilets and a car park to serve Tauhara Park.
A playground is deemed to have 'destination' status based on the strength of its proximity to other attractions and features in the area.
General manager Community Services Sue Duignan says Council recognised the potential for a destination playground to be built at Tauhara Park.
"Tauhara Park is a point of convergence for several of Hamilton's shared use walk- and cycle-ways meaning that the Potter Children's Playground is in an ideal location to provide families using these networks or living close by with a great leisure facility.
"The appeal of the park and playground is bolstered by their close proximity to the Callum Brae Family Golf Centre on the site of the old Hamilton landfill. The location of the Potters Children's Playground in the high growth cell of Rototuna together with its proximity to these other leisure facilities qualify it as a destination playground.
"Council is committed to the provision of community infrastructure that matches the needs of new and growing residential areas together with transport and wider infrastructure. The Potter Children's Playground offers an excellent community facility that has a strong connectivity to its leisure-based surrounds at Tauhara Park."
Hamilton City Councillor and Chair of the Community and Leisure Committee Pippa Mahood says the Potter Children's Playground is the result of a great collaborative effort and is already being widely-used by residents.
"The Potter Children's Playground is an excellent new facility in a new part of the city and as such is ideally stationed to provide high quality leisure and recreation options to a wide range of residents. The playground has already drawn an extremely positive response from the community and is a popular spot for children and their families to gather.
"The project is a great example of collaborative efforts to ensure that Hamilton continues to provide great facilities for the community to enjoy. The contributions of the Potter Trust and WEL Energy Trust were significant in delivering the Potter Children's Playground and it was great to work with organisations who share a commitment to future-proofing Hamilton."
Hamilton's other two destination playgrounds are at Hamilton Lake Domain, due to its proximity to the lake and Claudelands Park due to proximity to Jubilee Bush and the proposed Claudelands Events Centre.
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