The central city spot has proved very popular as people
come to check out the newest and coolest playground on the site
within Madras, Manchester and Armagh streets, next to the
More fun and facilities are coming to the Margaret Mahy Family
Playground! Soon there will be three new towers and an 8.2m spiral
slide to explore and enjoy. Other improvements include a new
walkway and better access to the jetty for kayaks and punts. A
small area of the playground is currently fenced off for works to
take place, but you can still come and play!
Another exciting addition to the playground is the installation
of a barbecue area being sponsored by ANZCO Foods. Being developed
in the north east corner of the playground the area will include
four electric barbecues, food preparation benches, running water
and a landscaped seating area for family and friends to meet, cook
a meal and enjoy the playground. Work will start soon on the
barbecue area and will be ready to use in spring 2016. Read more about the barbecue area here.
Come and Play
This spectacular all-ages, all-abilities playground is named
after one of Canterbury's much-loved authors, Margaret Mahy. The
unique design also reflects the Canterbury Plains and Port Hills
Plenty of thought and planning has gone into making the playground
an amazing place for all. Here's what you'll find:
- Cool playground equipment, like the 4 metre wide-slide
and double flying fox.
- Sand play, swings, rockers and a crawl tunnel for
- Water cannons, sprinklers and a splash pad with controllable
- Separate activity zones for different age groups.
- Food and beverage retailers - Rollickin' Gelato, Berry Healthy
Real Fruit Ice Cream, Mo Coffee and Bueno Cantina.
- Lawn picnic areas and seating.
- Public toilet, change facilities and shade canopy.
- And plenty more to discover!
The Playground is free to visit and open all day everyday. There
is a free car park at 177 Armagh Street.
Squeals of delight and laughter have filled the Margaret Mahy
Family Playground since opening in December. Your experiences are
important and with the feedback given adjustments have been made
already. A fine grit and sealer has been applied to the water play
area to make it less slippery, mats and shade are provided for the
slide on sunny days and more permanent shade solutions are being
considered. Please share your experience below to make the newest,
coolest playground even better!
Check out the gallery below to see artist impressions and
progress photos of the playground's wetland, forest, plains and
Find more information here.