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Margaret Mahy Playground

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground is Christchurch’s popular new central city play area. With separate activity zones for different ages, it’s one of the largest playgrounds in the Southern Hemisphere.

Opened in December 2015, the playground was designed with accessibility in mind. The objective was that children could interact side by side, rather than singling out an area or specific equipment for children with disabilities. All the slopes and surfacing have been designed to meet accessibility standards – a 1:12 maximum gradient – for children or adults in wheelchairs.


The playground features a new eight metre spiral slide for those who love speed and heights. The slide is one of three new towers at the playground which incorporate an accessible lookout platform, a nest seat, rope stairs and a tube net bridge.

All construction work will be complete at the end of 2016 at which point Ōtākaro Limited will hand the playground over to the Christchurch City Council. The playground is located at the intersection of Armagh and Manchester Street.


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