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Thomas Park playground renewal - Tell Tom

The new Thomas Park playground is now open

The new Thomas Park Playground, cnr of Anderson and Moorhouse Streets, is officially open! Thanks to everyone that took part in the project – from letting us know what you’d like to see at the playground, to voting on your favourite of the three playground designs and to the school kids who entered our Terrific Tamariki of Morrinsville loo-art competition – it has all come together nice and looks fantastic!

It has been wonderful to have so much community participation and we can’t wait for you to come and play!

Please keep off the grass! Near the end of November there should be some lovely areas around the playground and under the trees to enjoy - just in time for summer. The non-toxic grass seed we have used needs a good mix of rain, sun and no disturbance from feet, picnic rugs or wheels in order to have the best shot to grow. Thanks for your help in avoiding these areas. 

Aerial shot of Thomas Park so far - it will be ready to go on Monday 17 October

Please note, we have had to make an additional alteration to the final design (removing the new gate access on Anderson Street), for safety purposes. The park will be accessible from the existing main entrance on the corner of Anderson and Moorhouse Streets and the side gate on Moorhouse Street. The image above reflects the revised design.

Project Timeline


Public survey opens

14 December 2021



Public survey closes

10 January 2022.


Ideas, feedback and Council recommendations presented to playground designers

Early 2022


Concept designs presented to the public for feedback

01 -18 April 2022

Chosen concept presented to Council

May 2022

Toilet block demolished

Toilet demolished 16 June 2022. New toilet to be installed and ready to use at the same time as the new playground, due late Sept/early Oct. Please use the public toilet on Studholme Street, near Countdown.

New playground installed. New toilet will open at the same time as the playground.

ETA September/October 2022

Open day!

Thomas Park officially opens, with a community celebration 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Monday 17 October