The Riverside Youth Pop-Up Park is located next to Elma Turner Library on Halifax St.
The park is the result of a collaboration between Nelson City Council and Wakatū Incorporation, which owns the space.
The idea for the park stemmed from the results of Council’s Public Life Survey, which showed of all the measured activities taking place in the city centre, less than two percent included children playing.
The park features a pump track for skaters, bicycles and scooters, a solar-lit basketball court, and an imagination playground for younger children.
The imagination playground is made up of 105 large blue foam building blocks which children can use to make their own play structures, as featured on Netflix’s Abstract series.
There are also be table tennis, planters, picnic tables, youth hammocks and colourful seating. A customised container provides shade and secure storage overnight for the games and equipment. Shade sails have also been installed.
Council is also investigating opening up a new door in the wall of the children’s section of Elma Turner Library that would lead directly into the park.
The park will remain in the Halifax St location for at least two years.