Western Springs / Te Wai Ōrea Playground Opening

Updated: May 24

Locally designed by Nina, a mother that lives in ArchHill.


The Waitematā Local Board, had the first offical playground opening this term. (2019-22)


The playground is part of the broader Western Springs Lakeside Te Wai Ōrea park plan which the Waitematā Local Board adopted in August 2020. Prior to this, the board consulted with the public on the park’s draft plan. We received 198 responses to that consultation of which 86 gave feedback on the playground.


I firstly would like to acknowledge my former colleague Shale Chambers who led the Parks, Sports, & Recreation Portfolio. I learned so much from Shale when I was his 2IC last term, very grateful for his kind guidance. The success of this project is mainly thanks to both Pippa Coom and Shale's leadership last term.

Two playground themes were proposed during the public consultation that reflect the site and its surrounds, ‘Urban Park’ and ‘Ecological Escape’. The majority of the public preferred the ‘Ecological Escape’ theme.


Feedback also included requests to:

  • A playground to suit all ages and variety of interesting play equipment

  • Retain / replicate popular play experiences including the octopus and rotating spinner.

  • provision of shaded areas and seating near the new playground

  • provide climbing activities, particularly for older children

  • provision of activities for children on bikes and scooters

  • Incorporate existing trees

  • provide opportunities for informal play


Thank all those that gave feedback on the draft Western Springs Lakeside Te Wai Ōrea park plan. Your feedback has helped shape this playground!


More on the playground opening on Our Auckland.


Special Thanks to Luke McKeown for such amazing photos.

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