The playground at Tahunanui has come a long way since the Nelson Lions decided to inject a bit of life into the dunes.
Photographs from 1964 show the old concrete train and tortoises that are still at the site.
However, a rocket ship slide and rudimentary tunnel are long gone. “Recent attendees at the playground indicate that this is going to be the most popular play area for children in Nelson,” an old edition of the Photo News reads.
That prediction arguably came true. And now the playground is getting another makeover – this time in the form of a new fort, replacing the one which was built about 20 years ago.
An artist’s impression of the $70,000 new addition shows a modern structure complete with slide, monkey bars, bridge and climbing frame.
Nelson City Council acting chief executive Alec Louverdis says a recent inspection of the old fort revealed it had become “very rusted”, which raised safety concerns.
“As it was approaching the end of its expected useful life replacement with new equipment was already planned, but has now been done ahead of schedule in light of the presence of significant rust.”
The old fort has now been dismantled during the school holidays in a move that Alec says is “far from ideal.”
“Council … regrets any inconvenience this has caused.”
However, all other equipment is still able to be used.
“No further work will be happing on site over the holidays,” Alec says. “Work on installing the replacement equipment will happen later in the month.”