Henderson Primary Case Study
School Senior Playground
The design process began in November 2014, when an inspirational senior teacher and her class at Henderson Primary School approached Park Supplies to be involved in creating the perfect senior playground for their school. Park Supplies’ design team met with the class and discussed what was important to them to be included in the design of the new playground. From this initial meeting, the Park Supplies team created two design options. The first design proposed was the Big Kahuna playground with a spinning cone called the Lunar. The dynamic movement of the Lunar had been flagged as being a very important feature for the children.
The class loved the design of the Big Kahuna but due to funding restrictions, they decided on the second design option of the Wakaaranga playground with a Lunar. This option was more cost-effective while still meeting all of the children’s wants and needs. Once the design was given the green light by the class, applications were made to get the necessary funding.The school worked with a professional funding facilitator and within a year they had enough funding to proceed with the building of their new playground.
The Board of Trustees were very supportive, particularly in regards to the huge time investment of the senior teacher and the children. The entire process from the initial meeting to installing the playground - took nearly two years. At the opening of the playground, the school invited the children who had started the project back, as they had since left the school. It was a fabulous opening and it is truly an awesome senior playground and a great outcome for a very deserving school.