Porritt Park playground upgrade

Construction of a new, innovative ‘destination’ playground for Thames’ Porritt Park started in early February 2024, after the peak summer holiday season and school holidays.

The centrepiece of the playground will consist of a bespoke designed boat, climbing tower and lookout.

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The upgrade to Porritt Park will mean the space becomes a gathering place for whānau to spend the whole day, enjoying the barbecues, extra seating and more challenging play equipment. Once fully installed, it is hoped the greatly enhanced facilities will reflect the history of the area.

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Construction is scheduled to last three months, finishing in May 2024. During this time the park will be closed to the public. However, the toilets will remain open to the public, except for occasional closures while vital work takes place. (Please note: The toilets have been temporarily closed from 19 February due to vandalism, not for project work. They will be reopened as soon as repairs have been made.)

School children have contributed their imaginative vision of what they want for the new Destination Playground though an art competition and ideas sessions at local primary schools.

The Porritt Park Project is a collaborative initiative between our Council, Thames Business Association, Ngāti Maru, Future Landscapes (the designers), Changing Places and Rotary Charitable Trust.

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Community fundraising  is still underway. To contribute, please email porrittparkproject@gmail.com or download the flyer,(PDF, 861KB) which has all the information on how to make your donation. Alternatively, drop a donation into a collection jar at Thames Council office reception.

Thames Business Association's project page also has details of the project: https://www.tba.nz/porritt-park-project