Splashing out at Stanmore Bay

Last week 10-year-old Kyra Fox had a sneak preview where she was surprised to be joined by Santa.

Auckland Council’s water playgound, by the Leisure Centre at Stanmore Bay, opens to the public next week and is expected to be a popular spot to play and cool off. Kyra designed a rash shirt for the splash pad and her classmates will be first to try out the facility.


A free outdoor water playground is set to open this week.

The splash pad, outside Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre, will be officially opened this Friday, December 15.* (postponed see below)

First to try out the beach-themed facility will be the Whangaparaoa School classmates of 10-year-old Kyra Fox. Kyra won a competition to design a rash shirt for the splash pad and everyone in her Year 6 class, M4, will be given a rash shirt.

The splash pad includes a giant orange bucket, which showers water onto anyone below as well as water features shaped like marine creatures, fountains, mist sprayers and elevated structures.

It has sections for toddlers, juniors and teens and is designed to provide children of all ages and abilities with a free, safe and accessible fun water play area. There are also picnic areas alongside.
The 300sqm splash pad cost $890,000 – $650,000 of that was covered by ANZ Bank sponsorship. Construction began in August.

The facility will be opened by Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore on December 15 in an event attended by representatives of Council, the ANZ, Leisure Centre staff and invited guests.

It is scheduled to open to the public that same afternoon but the exact time was not available when Hibiscus Matters went to print. Check the Our Auckland website https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ for opening hours and more information.

UPDATE:

The opening of the splash pad in Stanmore Bay has been postponed to Wednesday December 20. This is due to the fact that surface testing of the splash pad is not able to be completed by the original opening date of Friday 15 December 2017. Please keep an eye out on OurAuckland.co.nz for opening hours and more information.


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