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 have been grouped into three categories, which are explained below.
Playgrounds that are fully and securely fenced, to the best of Kiwi Play Safe’s knowledge. ‘Fully and securely fenced’ means a fenced that cannot be climbed by a typical toddler or preschooler, and with gates that close securely and cannot typically be opened by young children without adult assistance. For the avoidance of doubt, the following are not regarded as Fenced Playgrounds, because they do not provide safe containment space for young children:
- Playgrounds with low fences;
- Playgrounds with easily climbed fences (post and rails, for example);
- Playgrounds that are not completely enclosed with fencing;
- Playgrounds with planters, vegetation, or other low obstacles used in place of secure fencing.
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.
Playgrounds of Concern
This is the Kiwi Play Safe label for unfenced playgrounds that nominating parents regard as being located near what they regard as potential hazards to the safety of young children.
There are three important things to note about Playgrounds of Concern:
- They are playgrounds with equipment aimed at young children. Playgrounds that are clearly aimed primarily at older children are unlikely to qualify as Playgrounds of Concern.
- They are unfenced playgrounds near one or more of the three main hazards identified by Kiwi Play Safe as putting younger children at risk in public: traffic, water, and dogs.
- They are not assumed to be ‘dangerous’ playgrounds: the quality of the play equipment is not being discussed. With sufficient adult supervision available these playgrounds may be an excellent choice, but they may not be an appropriate place for a sole caregiver to supervise more than one child.
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