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Hartford Avenue Reserve

Update: project completed

The Hartford Avenue playground and pump track is now complete. Thank you to the Tahatai Coast Primary School students as well as the community for your input. We hope you enjoy it.

Hartford Avenue Reserve is a public reserve with a children’s playground which needs to be replaced.

This has provided an opportunity to deliver a fit-for-purpose new playground that meets the needs of this local community. 

A proposal for a low impact pump track was consulted on with local residents in February 2019, and as the feedback was generally positive, a pump track will be constructed at the same time. 

Preferred playground design

In June 2019 we contacted local residents and met with key users of the playground such as the adjacent preschool and Tahatai Coast School to discuss what they would like to see in in the playground upgrade.

We used community feedback to create a final playground design below – this was preferred by 72% of attendees to our Ideas Day where designs were voted on. We’d like to thank Tahatai Coast Primary School students as well as the community for ideas they gave towards this playground upgrade. 

Playground design

The playground was inspired by the Legend of Mangatawa ‘Three Whales’

A colour scheme from the ocean/harbour and hills is used throughout with splashes of colour. Equipment includes:

  • Tower and slide
  • Whale rocker
  • Carousel
  • See saw
  • A play area for toddlers
  • Swings

See below a sketch of the final design:

Hartford Avenue concept design


Last Reviewed: 18/08/2020

Want to discuss further

If you have any questions, please contact: lucy.brake@tauranga.govt.nz

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