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Business owners praise playground

Ruby Turnbull
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Sunny day at Margaret Mahy playground  Ruby Turnbull

Cafe and food trucks near Margaret Mahy playground are thriving due to the number of people using the facility.

The popular playground on Manchester St by the Otakaro Avon river is contributing to the success of nearby businesses.

Paul King owner of Coffee & Donuts, which operates from a caravan at the playground, said his business was thriving.

Bucking the Covid trend, this had been his best trading year yet. 

King said park had become increasingly poplar over the past five years.

"Four different schools have come here today on their lunch break."

Doris Narayan, who runs Berry Healthy icecream van said business was "faring well". She put the success down to the location at the playground. 

Bink Bowler, the owner of Belle Café on New Regent Street, said Margaret Mahy playground had contributed to his business.

He estimated up to 20 percent of the cafe's trade was from people visiting the playground, make up approximately % of trade in the summer months. "[That's] huge," he said.