Anderson’s Bay School’s new “playscape” is open for play today.
Teacher Lizzie Potter said the area, which had been in development since late 2014, included sandpits, “meerkat tunnels”, logs, a small stage for lunchtime performances, a climbing wall, a slide and an edible garden.
The playscape had been designed by Design + Garden Landscapes Ltd, based on ideas that had come directly from discussions with the pupils, she said.
Staff had originally planned on just putting out some picnic tables in the grass space below the school office, before they decided to develop the area into the more extensive playscape area.
Year 5 pupil Nina Carstens (9), speaking to The Star on Tuesday, said the playscape was “going to be awesome”.
Year 3 pupil Texas Witehira (7) said she was most looking forward to trying out the slide and climbing wall. The slide and climbing wall gave pupils an alternative way of getting to the space below the school office, Mrs Potter said.
She thanked several trusts that had donated funds, including Otago Community Trust, Bendigo Valley Trust, Macmillian Trust and Callas Trust, as well as the “amazing” work of the school’s parent teacher association.
The school’s 2015 fair proceeds had also gone towards the project, she said.
The playscape was officially opened this morning.