Oamaru Public Gardens Waterplay Space


​​​In 2014 the Waitaki District Council adopted the Waitaki Reserves Management Plan. Within this plan were concept plans for both the Ōamaru Public Gardens and the Playground. The Playground concept is based on a Natural-Sensory theme with an emphasis on ‘natural play’, where kids play with natural elements such as sand, water, wood and living plants and is intended to be a project implemented by Council in conjunction with community support and funding.​

The Plan

The first phase of what is a much-needed upgrade will be the replacement of two paddling pools, which are dated and require ongoing repair. We plan to replace them with a water play feature whose design is based on a stylised version of the Waitaki Lakes and braided river systems. With accessible paths and interactive waterplay, children will be able to use their imaginations and divert the course of the water, create dams and their own pools ‒ raising a whole new generation of engineers and creative problem-solvers.​

Work is planned for winter 2020, subject to sufficient funding, and Council is looking for feedback and sponsorship; we are welcoming volunteers and encouraging community group involvement. 

The Waitaki District Council Parks team held an event at the Ōamaru Public Gardens Playground on Saturday the 19th of October, to give the community a chance to see the design plans, and hear all about the natural play concept. 

We also ran an online survey which recieved 36 responses, all were in favour of the new concept and included suggestions and comments around what should be considered in the design.

​​Water play design unveiling event poster

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