Playground shade for debate


Could the Tamahere Park children’s playground be cast into the shade?

The possibility of providing protection from the sun at the central playground is being considered by local representatives and Tamahere Lions, who have identified some options for providing shade.

Local input is being invited at a consultation session at the Tamahere Community Centre on Thursday, August 26 from 2.30pm to 7pm.

Update: Consultation is now online here.

The group, that includes the Waikato District Council and the Tamahere Community Committee, is keen to hear first hand experience of using the playground in the summer’s heat, ideas about how shade could be provided and funds raised to pay for it.

Options for shade are being discussed for the Tamahere children’s playground.

Representatives of the Lions, TCC and council will be on hand to discuss options, including for fundraising.

3 thoughts on “Playground shade for debate

  • September 14, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Steel items were not part of the original design. Mt Eden in Auckland has has similar items in plastic [unsure of type] for 10 years without sun damage or graffiti. So I think replacement of these items is a better option. However maybe two covered seats [bus stop style] may be beneficial for watching parents. Most of the playgrounds in the Hamilton/Waikato do not have shades over equipment unless it is part of a school where children may play for longer. I feel the shades are detrimental to the original idea of a large park with trees and a playground off to one side.

  • August 20, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t believe a shade should be set up over the children’s playground. Children can wear a hat and sunscreen. Vitamin D is very important for children as they play outside for their health, immunity and keeping ills and viruses at bay. It is getting to the point that there is too much interferance generally.
    It may be an option for hot summer days but not for the other three seasons.

    How much would a shade cost, perhaps some residents may like to donate for such with their name added.

    • August 26, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      Well said Julie. There must be cooler times in the day and other seasons to use Playground. Waikato District Council and Tamahere Community Committee stated there was no money available to replace the once public Tennis Courts. Why are they now able to build a Stage and provide other unplanned for very expensive items.


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