Recreation hub for Te Awamutu

​​Recreation hub for Te AwamutuWork is underway on the exciting new recreation hub for the Te Awamutu community.​

Update - 13 December 2017

Construction of the new playground and bike park is well underway! The balance and slide area is almost complete and concrete was laid for the bike skills track this week.

Delays have meant the new facility will not be open by Christmas as initially hoped. The playground and bike park are scheduled to open in late-February and plans are underway for a community opening party when construction is complete.

The existing playground will remain open over Christmas and new year for the community to enjoy. The playground will close on Monday 8 January so contractors can complete the upgrades to the playground, including new equipment, a water play area and under-5 play area. It will remain closed until construction is complete.

Check out the progress so far:




Update - November 2017

A generous sponsorship deal with Te Awamutu-based company, Davies Foods, has been announced and will fund the entire cost of the bike skills park. Once complete the facility will be known as the Pop 'n' Good bike park.

With the sponsorship deal now in place, construction on the bike skills park and playground will begin almost immediately. Civil Construction Services has been contracted to do the work.

The existing playground at Selwyn Park will remain open for now, but it will be closed to the public for a period while construction is underway. Closure dates will be advised.


Donna and Paul Davies from Davies Foods join Te Awamutu sisters Ruby Wrathall (5) and Olivia Wrathall (8) at the site of the Pop 'n' Good bike park. A sponsorship deal from the company means construction of the park will begin almost immediately.

Update - September 2017​

We have now finalised plans for the Te Awamutu playground and bike skills park. Construction is scheduled to begin next month.

After releasing the initial plans, concerns were expressed about the effect the bike skills park would have on the rose gardens. We took this in to account and adjusted the final plans so they will:

  • Maintain most of the semi-circular shape of the gardens.
  • Keep three more rose beds as they are.
  • Increase the overall rose bed area by nine square meters.

We are also working with the Te Awamutu Rose Trust to create brand new rose beds around town in Anzac Green, Victoria Park and next to the museum. Keep an eye out for the new roses. 

Plans, September 2017:​

Plans for Te Awamutu playground

Artist's impression of play area, September 2017:​​​

Plans for Te Awamutu playground


Update - August 2017

This new destination playground is something we are really looking forward to. The play space will be built near Selwyn Park and along the Mangaohoi Stream, and we hope it will become a central place the community can enjoy together. Initial plans were released for consultation​ in August 2016 which resulted in encouraging feedback from the public.

Council will be doing a lot of work over the coming months to transform the space in to a grass terraced area with seating and picnic areas. The current playground will be getting a refresh and there will be lots of new features too. 

Some features of the new play space will include:

  • a water play area
  • a slide area
  • new playground equipment
  • a new fenced under-5 play area
  • a bike skills area (detailed plans for this aspect are still being finalised).

Plans, August 2017:​Plans for Te Awamutu playground

Artist's impression, August 2017:​Plans for Te Awamutu playground

Te Awamutu Rose Gardens

Got questions about the replanting of the Te Awamutu Rose Gardens? Read more info here: Te Awamutu Rose Gardens Q&A​.

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