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Thomas Park playground renewal - Tell Tom

Thomas Park is temporarily closed for construction

Thomas Park is closed from Monday 5 September for a few weeks while we install the new playground. It's estimated to be completed late September/early October. The playground and new toilet is due to open at the same time. Watch this space!

Here is a the final design for the winner, concept A. Please refer to the main graphic for the colours/patterns/placement of equipment and the pop out pictures for the style of equipment.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our surveys, voting on your preferred concept design and for your valuable suggestions. We’re happy to report we’ll be making the following improvements in addition to those presented in the concept design.

  • By popular demand, large areas of bark under the climbing tower (1), the monkey bars (4) and module (5) will now be replaced with artificial turf.
  • Cultural artwork from local Iwi has been incorporated into the final design around the spinner (12) and in-ground trampolines (7).
  • The old toilet block has been demolished and a new toilet installed at a different spot from the original concept – this is due to open at the same time as the playground.
  • We’ve added accessible walkways to connect the entrances to the playground and the toilet.   

While Thomas Park is closed for a few weeks, check out the other Morrinsville parks and reserves and public toilets you can enjoy in the meantime.

We can’t wait for you to come and play!

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