This is the project page for the Glen Eden Library Play Trail project. This page will be kept updated with general background information, dates for workshops and pop-up play activities and methods to get involved and have input into the project.

Want to get involved, offer some feedback or other input? Contact Toby at / 0211 252 452

Current Status

We have had our two community workshopping sessions where we delved into the project background, started mapping out more information about the location and started forming some initial ideas.

We have also run three ideation workshops at different local schools to help us understand what the local youth would like to see in the space

We are currently working through a wealth of material so we can devise some initial concepts for the space which we will then be sharing on this page for feedback.

As soon as we have our initial concepts sketched out we will post them on this page for feedback and input.

As we have extended our engagement process to include more input from schools, we have extended our timeline below.

Below are a sample of worksheets from our school workshops:


Auckland Council’s Community Empowerment Unit and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board (as well as other local community organisations) are keen to support a placemaking project to engage young people in the Glen Eden town centre through temporary play installations. This placemaking approach aims to increase residents’ experience of connection, belonging and safety in the town centre through a co-design process. 

The project aligns with the Local Board outcome for the Glen Eden town centre.  This is an activation programme which aims to support the design and implementation of a programme of community-led activities that help make Glen Eden a more attractive, welcoming and inclusive town centre, including by activating public and community spaces with events, running creative workshops, and enabling culturally diverse experiences.

The Brief

To encourage young people in the area outside the Glen Eden Library to feel safe, be active and develop social connections.

To do this through community co-designed active, playful installations that can be monitored & evaluated by community stakeholders.


To create a semi-permanent playful space outside the Glen Eden Library. This will be aimed at families visiting the library, school children using the area while waiting for the bus as well as encouraging youth to visit and linger in the area in a positive manner.

We (The Open Fort) intend to build on previous project designs to devise ideas that can be shared with local stakeholders and further developed as collaboratively as possible. These ideas will be shared online for feedback and further content/activity development.

Initial co-design workshops (run at the Library) will be based around a set of parameters, including (but not limited to):

  1. An intention for play installations that do not need any other loose physical items
  2. The play installations should be able to be removed at the end of the trial period and the area returned to its original state (unless the local community would prefer them to stay)
  3. Several different play installation designs can be tested in the scope of this project
  4. There is potential to host pop-up activities to help activate the space and garner feedback

Objectives and Outcomes

The objectives and outcomes can be summarised as creating:

  1. Increased Active Lifestyles – To create a healthy, fun and activated space that encourages families to play and keep fit together while shopping
  2. Community Ownership – To create a sense of belonging with the place, inspiring social connection and community ownership
  3. A Vibrant, Safe Destination – To create a place where the town centre becomes a ‘vibrant’ destination for children and safe spaces for pedestrians

Workshops & Pop-up Play Events

We are planning two community co-design workshops to help us design better ideas:

1 – The first workshop will be held at the Glen Eden Library from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday 9th June. Members of the public are welcome – RSVP to Toby via email (

2 – The second workshop will also be held at the Glen Eden Library from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday 16th June. Members of the public are welcome – RSVP to Toby via email (

Two pop-up play events are planned to help activate the space. The dates for these events are currently Saturday 31st July and Saturday 14th August 1-3pm on both days.


The current timeline for this project is as follows:

31st May – 8th June = Devising initial ideas

9th June = First Community co-design workshop

10th June – 15th June = Developing ideas

16th Jun = Second Community co-design workshop

1st July – 6th July = School workshops

Mid-August = Sharing ideas for wider community feedback

Mid-August = Finalising games and activities to be incorporated into design

Mid-August = Graphic design, illustration, technical specifications (main design phase)

Mid-August = Print management and production


Early September = First pop-up event

Early October = Second pop-up event

Late October (or potentially later!) = Uninstall date

Examples from previous projects

As creatives, placemakers, game designers and active play designers, we have worked on a variety of playful activations. Below is a small sample of some of our recent projects, including:

  • The Space Maze – a playful installation activating Aotea Square using ground decal stickers
  • Welcome to the Jungle – another playful installation using ground decal stickers in Newmarket Station Square
  • Retro Racing – a racing track in Pt England installed using stencils and spray paints
  • New Windsor Play – interactive community engagement using durable pole wrap-arounds
  • Changing Lanes – a beautification project using stencils and temporary chalk-spray