The $3.6 million dollar all-abilities Anderson Park Playground opened in July 2018. A few months later it won the New Zealand Recreation Association's 'Outstanding Park Award'.
Napier's Anderson Park includes accessible and imaginative structures for climbing and sliding, flying foxes, swings, water play, and functional artwork with messages in braille and interactive elements, including a xylophone, musical bridge and drums. Other features include:
Graduated physical challenges
All physical challenges provided for at all age levels; swinging, sliding, climbing, spinning
High and low activity areas for all ages
Structured and non-structured play experiences
Areas to provide elevation, enclosure and sensory experiences
Storytelling and verbal communication prompts
Family environment, picnic seating and shelter
Natural play environment in balance with other play possibilities
Visual circulation cueing on ground plane
Non-isolating play equipment
Transition features - younger children are provided for at the western end, and older children at the eastern end, where the skate bowl already exists.
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