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Let’s talk play in the city

We want to make the city centre a vibrant, fun and stimulating place to spend time. And we'd love your input. Share your ideas to help us plan for play.

What can we do to make the city centre more playful?

Photo shows screenshot of interactive ideas wall on consultation website.

Head over to our ideas wall to join the discussion, share an idea, or vote on other people's ideas.

Play is for everybody at every age

We’re working to provide play opportunities and spaces for everyone in our community and we need your input.

It’s not just about playgrounds. Play opportunities could be in parks, reserves, schools, natural and open spaces, on our streets and footpaths, and at Council facilities such as pools and libraries.

It’s also not just about kids – we want to hear from a range of age groups.

Where do you play?

Wow! Through your engagement on our website, you pinpointed nearly 90 different places you play in the City!

Your most favourite places to play are along the mighty Manawatū awa, the beautiful Victoria Esplanade and the memorable Memorial Park. While three-quarters of play that you identified takes place in our wonderful parks and reserves you also love to play at schools, Council facilities, pools, streets and on our shared pathways.


You also identified over 80 different ways of playing! Mountain-biking at Arapuke and along the river, as well as riding bikes proved popular with a quarter of you enjoying being out and about on two wheels! And you love playing with your dogs – walking or running with them or letting them play at the City’s cool dog parks. And of course, many of you and your families enjoy our wide variety of playgrounds spread across the City.

Why is play important?

While play is fun, it’s also critical for the development of social, physical and emotional skills. Play:

  • sets the foundation for literacy and learning and encourages communication
  • gives us the chance to be spontaneous and express ourselves in different ways
  • allows us to move and test our physical boundaries
  • teaches patience and understanding
  • helps us learn how to make decisions in tricky situations.

Thanks to all the suggestions on how we can make your play experiences more enjoyable, or for your suggestions for new playthings. We are currently collating all of this feedback.

If you would like to talk more about play and being active please contact:
Ann-Marie Mori, Policy Analyst