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24/01/2019 12:00 a.m.
Oamaru company Numat are launching Balance Parks into New Zealand, building the first at the Friendly Bay playground next week at no cost to residents.
Balance Parks are a Scandinavian innovation made popular in Norway, bringing together a range of balance play elements – slacklines, balance balls, steppers, mini-trampolines and playground safety surfacing – to offer a challenging balance course for kids (and adults) to test their balance skills on.
Numat marketing executive Jon Coursey said, "We see them as an exciting alternative to the traditional swings, slides and roundabouts style of playground. Judging by the feedback we've had from Councils and communities around New Zealand, Kiwis are ready for something a bit different in their local parks and playgrounds. Given the rise in popularity of new sports like Parkour and Competitive Tag, we expect these parks will be a huge success."
Started in 1995 by father and son duo Peter and Mike Judd, Oamaru firm Numat began as a playground surfacing company before expanding into agricultural surfacing. Over the last 10 years, Numat has become New Zealand's leading surfacing company, with major projects in all parts of the country including Margaret Mahy Playground in Christchurch, Anderson Park in Napier, and Potter's Park in Auckland; more recently branching out into playground design and construction.
The Balance Park being gifted to the Friendly Bay playground is based on a 'Cogs' theme, especially designed to fit the surrounding Steam Punk aesthetic. "We've been keen to build a park for the Oamaru community for a while now and saw this as the perfect opportunity to do that, while launching something new and exciting at the same time. The Waitaki District Council have been really helpful in finding a place for the new park and we're excited with the choice of location – Friendly Bay playground is a favourite for many local families," said Jon Coursey.
Waitaki District Deputy Mayor Melanie Tavendale said, "These new play pieces will be a fantastic addition to our playground, and the design will complement the Steampunk theme. Numat are a local company who have filled a gap in the playground market with equipment that is proving to be very popular with young and old alike. Their donation to this community is incredibly generous, I can't wait to have a play (with my kids of course)!"
Work on the Balance Park will start on Monday the 28th of January and should be finished by the 11th of February.
Find more information about the balanced park at Numat website.