Richardson Park is nearly ready

Richardson Park pocket park
Richardson Park pocket park

Northcote Development’s new park will soon be complete. Richardson Park is a pocket park for tamariki and whānau to enjoy, with an estimated completion date of June, 2021.

The new play area is located on a formerly vacant lot between Richardson Place, Fraser Avenue and Lake Road. It will be blessed by local mana whenua ahead of its official opening.

The pocket park is tailored for younger children, aged around 10 and under, says Kāinga Ora Project Manager Umesh Daya.

There are some finishing touches to come, including a sheltered space. The design includes mini trampolines, a bird’s nest swing, public barbecues, children’s tables, an artificial turf made from recycled materials so children can run around and play safely. There is also a grassy area, as well as tree plantings to beautify the area.

“This is a nice little space for kids to come to from around the Northcote community and just chill out, kick a ball around, and play in a safe and fun environment,” Umesh says.

Local iwi engaged artist Reuben Kirkwood to create a pattern that is etched into the concrete and onto shelter posts, weaving a cultural narrative throughout the park.

The location places the park at the heart of Northcote’s new communities. It connects recent housing developments in Fraser Avenue and Lake Road and provides opportunities for residents to meet and for children to form friendships with their neighbours.

“With new people moving to the area and many of them living in apartments, parks like these serve as shared ‘backyards’ for everyone to enjoy,” Umesh says.

Pocket parks are typically small public parks built on single vacant lots. In Northcote Development, pocket parks play an important role in creating a network of greenspaces and play areas that weave the community together.

Richardson Park is a collaborative project involving Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities, Piritahi, TOBA, and Isthmus. 

If you have any questions about Richardson Park:

Live chat with us at

Phone 022 048 8050


Visit the Northcote Development Information Centre in the town centre car park. It’s open 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Saturday.