Rock climbing

Timaru’s CPlay gets $10,000 for rock climbing wall

An initial concept model of Timaru's CPlay playground.

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An initial concept model of Timaru’s CPlay playground.

A climbing wall at Timaru’s ‘destination playground’ has received a five-figure donation from the New Zealand Community Trust.

The community group, CPlay Playground Upgrade Project, is the committee behind the ambitious $2.2 million playground construction project in Caroline Bay.

The goal of $2.2 million was reached in June, after a fundraising period of 15 months. However, at a community party in the bay last month, it was announced that the cost had risen 15% to $2.5 million due to rising costs.

On Tuesday, the committee announced that NZCT had donated $10,000 towards the installation of a 3 by 3 meter climbing wall which committee spokeswoman Alice Brice said will be part of a Challenging ninja-style obstacle course in play space.

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“The support and funding of our project by NZCT is essential in helping us realize our community’s vision for this space,” said Brice.

“We strive to not only be accessible to all ages and abilities, but also fun for everyone involved, allowing sections of our community who currently don’t have these benefits to join us.”

A concept shot of part of the new CPlay playground where children can hide in giant eel tunnels.

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A concept shot of part of the new CPlay playground where children can hide in giant eel tunnels.

Brice said the goal of the ninja-style obstacle course is to meet the needs of older children, youth and adults.

“The CPlay Committee (a voluntary community group overseen by the Timaru District Council) creates an empowering and inclusive destination play space where the community is encouraged to think creatively, improve their physical and mental well-being, connect with other people and learn more about our local history.

“The playground will become a space where culture is shared, and we can learn, connect and above all have fun.”

An updated rendering of the lighthouse design for the CPlay Caroline Bay playground upgrade.

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An updated rendering of the lighthouse design for the CPlay Caroline Bay playground upgrade.

The space will have something for all ages and will be accessible to people of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs.

“We have included space for family gatherings and our themes highlight elements of Timaru’s Maori and European heritage.”

Work is expected to begin in July or August, with the first of the new playground equipment expected to arrive in September.

Larger items, such as the lighthouse and shipwreck, are due mid-October.