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Play is one of the most important things that we can do. Now that the equipment needs replacing, it’s time to break from traditional playgrounds and offer more stimulating and inclusive play for all ages and abilities. Kids want a fun, challenging playground where they can follow their imagination, play as their creativity takes them and not leave anyone out. The new playground can help our health, foster development, movement and promote social skills, resilience and tolerance. And the new playground can also help us connect to our special stories, heritage and history. 

It's going to be fun, inclusive, meaningful and challenging - It's going to be EPIC!




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Let's work together to create something really important.

  • fun and free experience for residents, visitors and tourists.
  • More challenging and open ended and imaginative play equipment to stimulate physical and mental activity. 
  • Safe, strong and resistant to damage play equipment.
  • More sensory and accessible equipment and landscaping to suit a range of abilities, body sizes and ages.
  • Better drainage, seating, tables, BBQs and shade all year round.
  • A space to connect to our Māori and European history and heritage, themed to Caroline Bay environment and history
  • And learn through moving, communicating, noticing, interacting, wondering and experimenting.
  • Economic benefits could come as a flow on effect from a quality inclusive destination playground.
  • Over 40 play pieces including bespoke mahika kai areas, shipwreck, lighthouse, floor is lava challenge, slides, swings and epic 50m double flying fox!

We can't wait to play together!


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Your contribution can make a big impact

By supporting CPlay you can contribute to an important legacy for a happier, healthier, vibrant community. Imagine seeing the ribbon cut, and everyone playing together, knowing we all helped make an important and long lasting impact for our community.


  • 40+ play pieces so all ages and abilities can play outside together.
  • Designed to grow stronger and fitter bodies with smarter and happier minds.
  • Sharing our local stories to help us connect to our past and better know ourselves.
  • 7000 Sq m landscaped area to improve safety, accessibility, drainage, hygiene, maintenance and aesthetics.


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Thank you to: Sponsor: Timaru District Council. Platnum Sponsors: Community Trust Mid & South Canterbury and Trust Aoraki Limited. Diamond Sponsors: Hilton Haulage and Oceania Dairy Ltd part of the Yili Group, Pub Charities Ltd and the Timaru Civic Trust.

Playground equipment supplier: The Playground CentreArchitect: Rushton Architects. Surface Provider: Numat. Playground Designers: Creo.  Project Manager: Graham Ward. Administrative supporter: Aoraki Foundation. 



Let’s make the Caroline Bay playground more accessible and inclusive, so all ages, sizes and abilities can grow...

  • stronger, fitter and healthier bodies.
  • smarter and happier minds.
  • closer relationships with friends and family.
  • understanding of our past, to better know ourselves.
  • connection with our environment to be better guardians.


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We have genuinely taken everyone’s feedback on board to define our brief and considered all generations, the environment, and community. This complex project is being managed by a joint steering group with CPlay volunteers and TDC to ensure every aspect of the finance, planning and build are well considered and organized. Aoraki Foundation are supporting us with managing our donations so you can claim tax back on your donation. Many volunteers are coming together to offer their expertise. This work in kind also ensures that less is spent on overheads, and frees up funds for the playground. The playground design has been in collaboration with CPlay, Rushton Architects and the Playground Centre, to ensure that it's fun, practical, safe and lasts for a long time. 


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