Margaret Mahy Family Playground

Christchurch. Helping revitalise a city through play.

December 2015


Cnr Armagh & Manchester St, Christchurch NZ


Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority


Berliner Seilfabrik

Supply Partner

Kaiser and Kuhne

Supply Partner


Supply Partner


Supply Partner


Supply Partner

City Care

Landscape Contractor

Opus Consultants

Landscape Architect


Richard Norris

Technical Manager

Blair Dalgleish

Design Consultant

City Play at its finest

Margaret Mahy Family Playground was opened in December 2015. Developed as part of multiple post-earthquake projects in Christchurch, Margaret Mahy represents a substantial commitment to the revitalisation of Christchurch inner city. PlayRope was involved from concept design and design development, right through to supply and installation of all play equipment.

By involving local children in the design concept and development, the design team for Margaret Mahy ensured the new play space would meet the needs of the community.

As part of the broader rebuild of Christchurch City, Margaret Mahy playground combines multiple play elements from global suppliers to deliver a truly unique wet and dry play environment. Since opening, it has proved a huge success, offering custom equipment never seen before and providing a public open space that brings a smile to every child who comes to play! The play space offers giant slides, giant spinners, a 40m double racing cableway and some huge custom net climbers. The water play area features a splashpad and a kinetic water play where the kids pump, tip, spin and redirect water to various channels and troughs.

Fantastic for creative and interactive play. The project has been designed to provide equipment and play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities while offering a place where everyone can play together, all representative of and respectful to the local area and culture. This project, is now one of the largest playgrounds in the Southern Hemisphere, spanning a city block. With such a committed investment, this is a positive outcome for a tragic event.

Stage 2 works were opened to the public in July. The tower has been a great installation now offering an 8m spiral slide, visible from a distance! It is a challenging climbing and sliding experience, encouraging the children to explore and test their fear factor in a controlled environment, not to mention a great workout climbing all the way to the top of the towers!

Play your own way

We work with our clients to develop custom designs that meet their individual needs.