New and upgraded play spaces are popping up at locations across the ACT to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities for Canberra kids, as the Kambah nature play space opens in time for children to enjoy in the school holidays.
Work started in May on two new nature play spaces in Kambah and Gungahlin. Whilst the new nature play space at Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin is still under construction, the Kambah nature play space is now open for families to enjoy, showcasing elements for climbing, balancing and sand play with the planted tunnel sure to be a hit with the kids. Logs for this new space have been recycled from local infrastructure projects to create log steppers and other wooden play features. The design at Kambah is based on a shell, with a range of play areas connected by rock and log steppers surrounding a central open area which features drums, totem poles and some bright nature-based artwork.
The play space at Yerrabi Pond has an aquatic theme, featuring a central climbable turtle that pays homage to the species that live in our local waterways. Children’s musical talent will also be sparked with percussion instruments to be a key feature as well as a sandpit, balancing equipment and natural log and boulder steppers. Additional trees have been planted to provide shade in the summer months. To complement the new play space, local Aboriginal artist, Matilda House with assistance from Kirrily Jordan and Annick Thompson have been busy painting a colourful mural on the toilet block wall which tells a story about the wildlife found in the nearby waterways. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-July.
The new nature play spaces are wonderful places to visit with the recently completed Eddison Park and Farrer nature play spaces commended in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT landscape architecture awards.
Following play space reviews in Waramanga, Torrens, Narrabundah, Higgins and Richardson an overarching play masterplan and preliminary sketch plans for a feature play space was developed for each suburb based on the outcomes of the community engagement process. These designs have been finalised and released for each suburb. Have a look at the playspace upgrades page.
Construction will commence next week starting with the new play space on Waramanga Place in Waramanga. Works on Beasley Street in Torrens, Boniwell Street in Higgins, Iluka Street, Boolimba Crescent and Deeban Place in Narrabundah, and Clift Crescent in Richardson will follow in a staged construction rollout.
The play space at Waramanga will feature log steppers, tree balance beams and large play equipment with climbing play and slide. There will be elements for swinging, climbing and exploring, with plenty of space for relaxing under the shaded seating area and teenage hang-out area. Other elements featured across the new play spaces include a climbing net, log steppers and basketball court at Torrens, dirt bike track, accessible spinner and picnic shelter at Higgins, nature play circuit, climbing slope and birds nest swing at Narrabundah, skate ledges and ramps, nest swing and spinner at Richardson.
The play space upgrade program is now complete with 20 existing playgrounds across the ACT receiving upgrades including new seating, shade sails and play equipment, as well as paint and repair of existing play equipment to give the spaces a new lease on life. New shade sails have been installed at six playgrounds, including on Bisdee Street in Hughes, Rowntree Crescent in Isaacs and Yabtree Place in Isabella Plains, where the spaces have also been refreshed, improving sun safety for families when enjoying the new-look areas. We have also refreshed an additional 30 playgrounds as part of the ACT Government stimulus program, with refresh works at three more play spaces to be completed in the coming months.