Starting off my walking series with a park that is a destination and a place I pass through to go further afield to visit family and friends. The route towards Kulim Park sees me walking down the hill towards and under a busy by-pass and a few traffic lights until I venture from one peninsula to another via the Chapel street bridge. With a turn to my right and heading along the well-maintained pathways, I love the harbourside’s uninterrupted views across the harbour to [Rangiwaea, Matakana Island Mauao] and finally to Kulim Park, which is within the suburb of Otumoetai.
Tauranga means “sheltered waters” in Maori.
On arrival, I love viewing the well established Pohutukawa trees that run alongside the small sandy beach, an oasis during hot summer afternoons.
To the left is barbecues and playgrounds within a grassed area, basics in which to create a memorable day as this park is well known for being a favourite place to organise events with family and friends, which was initially why a local family donated this piece of land. I have yet to be here by myself during daylight hours, no matter what time I walk or cycle through the park.
An Adult Playground
Why should parks be just for children?
The Seniors United organised the Kulim Park gym idea to Promote the Age-Friendly New Zealand organisation.
With the generation of sex, drugs and rock n roll coming into their own, I’m hoping that this concept will not stop with just one small adult playground in Kulim Park. My hope lies with a Christchurch woman who’s campaigning for the Christchurch council to build a purpose-built big person’s playground. One good point she does mention it will reduce the number of accidents from big people using small people’s equipment. Hopefully, it takes off here in New Zealand, and we big kids get to enjoy playgrounds throughout New Zealand. In the meantime, locals and visitors can enjoy igniting your fitness frenzy by using this outdoor gym surrounded by one of the city’s most beautiful and popular outdoor harbourside venues, a fun way to chat with people when out and about.
Do you have one near you?
A Snippet of History
Kulim Park was established in 1950 when the Bureta farm was subdivided to make room for residential housing. The owners of the farm, W.I. Rushton and the brothers George and John Sickling, decided to gift one hectare as a recreational space for children.
Connecting with Jo whose walks are always a delight to read – Jo’s Monday Walks