Plenty on offer for youth in Ōtaki


Tasman Road play area

A push on playgrounds, parks and youth projects is promising some exciting developments for young people in Ōtaki.

Feedback has  ooded in from the community about playgrounds in Ōtaki as Council undertakes its regular renewal programme.

Through a series of community feedback opportunities such as drop-in sessions and online surveys, the Parks and Recreation team has taken a look at the playgrounds at Tasman Road and Haruatai Park.

“We want to create playgrounds that are accessible, fun, varied and cater for a wide range of abilities,” says Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law.

“Our goal is to design interesting playgrounds that meet the needs of children and their caregivers and what better way

to do that than ask the residents of Ōtaki themselves what they think may work.”

The community’s input will feed into the  nal design of the playground upgrade, which ties in nicely with the FutureKāpiti

long term plan Ōtaki pool and splash pad developments.

Young people in Ōtaki also had the chance to talk basketball with Council staffers

last week as collaboration about a court at Haruatai Park continues.

Ōtaki Community Board approved a keyhole- sized or half-court basketball facility to be built on the lower level of the park at its last meeting.

Board chair James Cootes says young people played an important role in considering a range of possible sites and sizes for a new court in Ōtaki.

More input and ideas were garnered from young people in Ōtaki about the exact court size and site in the park at a free sausage sizzle and drop-in session last Tuesday.

“It’s already a destination park that pulls people to Ōtaki and breathing some life back into the basketball facilities there will enable the park to become even more of a social hub for young people and the community as a whole,” Mr Cootes says.

But it doesn’t stop there, even more exciting offerings for youth are afoot with Zeal Kāpiti in Ōtaki.

Youth development opportunities for Ōtaki are a part of Zeal Kāpiti’s Youth Development Centre activities across our district.

Through a partnership approach with Council, Zeal are actively engaging with the Ōtaki community to ensure local young people’s involvement and leadership.