A vibrant addition to Nelson’s city centre has opened on the banks of the Maitai/Mahitahi River.

The Riverside Youth Pop-up Park in Halifax Street, opened on Saturday 12 September, is a place for Nelson’s young and young at heart, with a pump track for skaters, bicycles and scooters, a solar-lit basketball half-court, an imagination playground for younger children, planters, picnic tables, a ping pong table and colourful seating.

The park is the result of a collaboration between Nelson City Council and Wakatū Incorporation, which owns the space.

During Alert Level 2, additional sanitation of the play equipment will take place. 

A sanitising station is provided and a QR code is on display for checking in with the NZ COVID Tracer app. Park users are asked to practice physical distancing wherever practicable.

The park will remain at the Halifax Street site for at least two years. 

All of the elements are relocatable, and can be repositioned to reflect the community’s needs in future.