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Waterview Playground on track for summer opening

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The new playground at the Waterview Reserve is on track for its summer opening as part of the NZ Transport Agency’s Waterview Connection project in Auckland.

The new playground at the Waterview Reserve is on track for its summer opening as part of the NZ Transport Agency’s Waterview Connection project in Auckland.

A five metre high tube slide is a prominent feature of the playground which will contain new equipment including an interactive waterplay area, a waka, climbing net, tunnels through mounds, and basketball, netball and volleyball courts.

New tube slide at the Waterview Reserve playground.

New tube slide at the Waterview Reserve playground.

The tube slide is joined to an octagon shaped tower with an internal spiral staircase and from the top platform there are views of the Northwestern motorway, Unitec Campus and surrounding Waterview streets.

“The Well-Connected Alliance works hard to be a good neighbour to communities surrounding the Waterview Connection project. These facilities demonstrate the Alliance’s willingness to collaborate with the local community to provide them with better open spaces that will have enduring benefits,” says Auckland and Northland Highways Manager Brett Gliddon.

Over the next couple of months the construction team will gear up for the summer opening by carrying out planting and installing landing mats, playground equipment, and establishing the sports courts.

The Waterview Reserve rebuild is being delivered in four stages by the Well-Connected Alliance.

Stage 1: Children’s playground, basketball court, volleyball court and netball training court to open in summer 2015/2016.
Stage 2: Skate park to open in mid-2016.
Stage 3: BMX pump track to open in summer 2016/17.
Stage 4: Improved Oakley Creek Heritage area, pedestrian and cycle access and landscape planting to be ready by early 2017.

The Well-Connected Alliance includes the Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin & Taylor and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation.  Sub-alliance partners are Auckland-based Wilson Tunnelling and Spanish tunnel controls specialists SICE.

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