The playground design was developed in 2020 in collaboration with landscape architect Claudia Boyo, 4Sight Consulting, Te Puna Taiao, and included plenty of input from the school, local community and Tamariki. The school previously had one small play space, some cracked courts and a field, which failed to cater to the play and learning needs of its 150 students, so it was definitely time for a change
The Kimi Ora Project created the opportunity for students to learn outdoors, experience nature play, develop confidence, cognitive skills and learn about their heritage. This broad playspace provides Flaxmere with a place to connect, socialise,exercise and play, this is a huge driver for positive change within the community.
As well as using natural playground materials, the upgrade of the broader school grounds also includes a mussel shaped skate bowl, basketball half-court, performance stage and BBQ area. This special facility is open to the public all year round, making the school an inviting and engaging place for everyone. We are very excited to have this play area nominated for this months Recreation Aotearoa Playground of the Year award!