A new water playground that is being built outside the Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre is the result of a partnership between Auckland Council and ANZ Bank.
The total cost is $890,000 and $650,000 of that was covered by ANZ in a partnership that Council’s head of strategic partnerships Louise Mason describes as “a new way of working for Council”. She said at the sod turning for the splash pad last week that without ANZ’s funds, the project would not have happened.
The splash pad offers free, safe and fun water play options, including spray mists, fountains and elevated structures. Although there will be no age limits put upon using the splash pad, it is expected to be particularly popular with preschoolers. A landscaped area around the facility, which includes a “picnic zone”, provides places where parents and caregivers can supervise the young ones.
Construction began with a sod-turning ceremony on August 10, and the splash pad is expected to open in early December.