As part of the ACT Government’s Better Suburbs Program, a community-led Play Spaces Forum allocated $1.9 million to improve playgrounds.
One key decision was the allocation of $350,000 for new nature play spaces to enhance Eddison Park in Woden and Glebe Park in the City. $150,000 has also been set aside to build a nature play space in Farrer. The forum specified these nature play spaces are to be designed in partnership with the community.
In late 2018 and early 2019 targeted engagement and co-design with local schools, child care centres and youth centres was undertaken, as well as broader community engagement. To find out more about the engagement process and what we heard, visit the Better Suburbs YourSay page and click the 'Nature Play' tab.
Construction has now been completed on three new nature play spaces in Eddison Park, Farrer and Glebe Park to provide Canberran children with exciting new opportunities to be active, grow and learn.
The new nature play space in Farrer includes a range of zones for children to explore, including a climb zone, a scramble zone, a hide zone, a loose parts zone and a rest zone. Farrer’s nature play space features timber climbing structures, a sand pit, tunnel and climbing nets as well as a mountain bike circuit adjacent the play space.
The nature play space at Eddison District Park in Woden has a sand and water theme for younger kids that provides an opportunity to touch and manipulate the flow of water. In addition, the existing island has a new feature of a climbing mound with a tunnel, slide and bridges across the reed beds.
The nature play space designed for Glebe Park has been built in the elm tree forest near the existing play space and park rotunda. Features of the new play space include a dry gravel creek bed with water pump and sand play tables, tree house with ramp, ladder and fireman’s pole and adventure course of ropes, net and beams. With many elements that allow access for inclusive play for children and adults with varying levels of mobility.
More information on nature play in Canberra can be found at www.natureplaycbr.org.au