Windsor Reserve: Built in 1870 and still in use today, Aucklands Waitamata Harbour is proud to boast the oldest wooden lighthouse in New Zealand.

Windsor reserve playground

The unique lighthouse was the inspiration for the bespoke playspace we opened in 2020.

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Shade sails are a great way to help combat the harsh NZ summers.

Shade Sail

Nerd fact: dating back to Ancient Egyptian times, shade sails can help in creating outdoor shade based on the working of a sail used in ships.

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Playground design: Did you know we are the only Playground company in New Zealand where the rep you meet with is the one designing your playground?

Playco reps

No middle-men, no passing the information for playground design along, the rep you see is the designer you get!

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As part of the prize from our competition at the NZPF conference this year, Kedgley Intermediate School won an inspirational talk from William Pike…

Kedgley students

Congratulations Kedgley Intermediate School!
The prize was a Playco Sponsored talk from inspirational speaker William Pike, of the William Pike Challenge Award! The kids were treated William’s remarkable stories, including surviving a freak Mount Ruapehu volcanic eruption. An eruption which claimed one of his legs, but left his drive to succeed and passion for adventure unscathed.

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The office team is installing a playspace!

Building a playground

The team at Playco understand the business of creating a dynamic playground, through to putting it in the ground.

Here we are at Northcote Primary School in Auckland building their awesome new playspace ready for next term. Playco are one of the only playground companies around where our reps are the designers. This means from start to finish we understand the whole process.

To help us understand, we spent the week building the playspace! From footings to hammering in the nails, this one is all due to the Playco office team.

After this week we might even get out there and install some more playgrounds!

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A Step-by-step Process to getting your playground in the ground.

Start

The prospect of building a new school playground can be a daunting one. With so many questions and decisions can an overwhelming prospect.

At Playco, we have a process in place to clearly set out each step in the process:

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Inclusive Play, Every Day

Inclusive Play Aerial

When talking about inclusivity, a different meaning of the word will come to mind for all of us. For Playco, it means considering who will be using the space and how they will be moving around it. Playgrounds are somewhere for everyone to come together. They should be a social space, helping develop cognitive and behavioral skills through play and interaction. All children are the same in one way; they want to have fun!

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Money money money

Piggy Bank

Once you’re given the stamp of approval on a Playco design and received the budget, next comes sourcing the money for the build. Applying for funding or fundraising for your playground are great ways to help reach your budget. We’ve compiled some great tips to help you bring your playground to life.

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Waimauku Lions Playground

The Lions Club motto is “We Serve”, and the Waimauku Lions have certainly served the community of Waimauku an amazing playspace for years to come.

This was the Waimauku Lions’ Club centennial project, they wanted to do something big for their local community. Playco worked with the local children and with Auckland Council, and we designed a large communal space for multi-generational play. Based on a jungle theme and with an emphasis on lions and the Lions Clubs symbol, this playground never has a dull moment.

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