I am delighted to present The Playground Files: the locations and details of several dozen playgrounds from around the country, categorised and grouped geographically. This post provides a brief explanation regarding how I’ve organised everything. Please read it before reading the lists. The lists will be updated on a regular basis.
Kiwi Play Safe has not visited all of the playgrounds. If you feel that any of the playground information is inaccurate (specifically, if a playground has been incorrectly categorised, or if the location details are inaccurate) please use the Contact function under the Menu option at the top of this page to provide corrections (which will always be much appreciated). And please help me out if you have photos of any of the playgrounds mentioned – I would love to include them.
The playgrounds included on the geographical lists are either partially or fully fenced. A fully fenced playground will typically have the kind of fencing that a toddler or preschooler can’t climb over, and a gate that a young child would be unable to open without adult assistance. You should be able to visit a fully fenced playground and feel confident that your young children can run around in safety – but please always remember that the buck stop with the adult supervising the play!
Partially Fenced Playgrounds
Playgrounds that are fenced on two or three sides, but are not fully enclosed with safe and secure fencing. A typical example of a Partially Fenced Playground is a beach playground that is fenced towards the road, but open towards the beach. Another example might be a playground where extensive attempts have been made to use planters or other structures to provide a barrier between the play equipment and any nearby hazards (such as roads). In the playground lists it will be noted if a playground is only partially fenced.