The site of the pop-up playground on Halifax St. Photo: File.

Pop-up playground set for winter


Nelson’s first pop-up playground is on track to open this winter.

Final design work for the park, situated on the site of a recently demolished building next to Elma Turner Library on Halifax St, was completed this week and work to install the park will begin later this month.

The park is the result of a collaboration between Nelson City Council and Wakatū Incorporation, which owns the space.

The idea for the park stemmed from the results of council’s Public Life Survey, which showed of all the measured activities taking place in the city centre, less than two per cent included children playing.

The park will feature a pump track for skaters, bicycles and scooters, a solar-lit basketball court, and an imagination playground for younger children. The imagination playground is made up of 105 large blue foam building blocks which children can use to make their own play structures.

There will also be table tennis, planters, picnic tables, youth hammocks and colourful seating.

A customised container will provide shade and secure storage overnight for the games and equipment.

Council is also investigating opening up a new door in the wall of the children’s section of Elma Turner Library that would lead directly into the park.

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says the range of elements in the park meant there was something for all ages to enjoy, making coming to the city centre and enjoying our riverside precinct an even more attractive prospect.

“The added benefit of the popup park is that everything in it is relocatable, so we can reuse and reposition all of the elements in it elsewhere in future to reflect our community’s needs.”

Work on the park was due to begin earlier this year but was delayed due to the Covid-19 shutdown. The park is now expected to be completed by the end of August.