Playground to bring playtime to South Invercargill

A pop-up Portable Playground is coming to the South Alive community park, courtesy of the Invercargill City Council and South Alive. Photo: Supplied

A PORTABLE playground will be installed in the community park next to The Pantry in South Invercargill during the first week of the school holidays.

South Alive community development and operational manager Julz Orr said some people from South Alive had seen the Portable Playground at the A&P Show in Invercargill earlier this year, and thought it was a great idea.

A collaboration between South Alive and Invercargill City Council (icc) parks, the playground would provide an alternative activity for children to enjoy during the first week of the school holidays, she said.

“It will give children the opportunity to stop and play.”

ICC parks performance manager Zealan Simpkins said the council had trialled the pop-up playground earlier this year and it had proved to be popular with more than 500 children enjoying the apparatus.

Suitable for children aged 11 and under, the playground offered play interaction with bars, swings, a climbing net and flying fox, but adult supervision was needed, he said.

“The playground not only provided an opportunity for children to get out and be active, being next to The Pantry also gave parents and caregivers the chance to grab a coffee while their children played,” Mrs Orr said.

“We would love for it to pop-up more often if it’s successful next week.”

  • Portable Playground, South Alive community park, next to The Pantry, Grace St, South Invercargill, Sunday, September 27, to Friday, October 2.

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