Parramatta Playground will be fun for all the family

Paramatta Foreshore Under ConstructionParramatta families will have a good reason to go outside and get active when the first multi-use playground is built on the river foreshore.

The foreshore-themed playground is due to be completed by mid-2013 and a council spokeswoman said it will include equipment which will provide young people with many “challenges, themes and experiences, including two slides”.

A multi-purpose events space and new seating will also be installed for parents to enjoy the water views while children enjoy the new playground next to the Elizabeth St footbridge.

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the playground was designed to encourage families to enjoy the outdoors and get physically active.

“This is our first non-traditional playground incorporating creative play elements and challenges, including climbing rope and a fireman’s pole allowing children to explore at their own pace,” Cr Chedid said.

“Playgrounds provide many families with the opportunity for their kids to be physically active and act as a meeting place for parents to socialise.”

A council spokeswoman said the playground was another example of their revitalisation of the city’s natural open spaces and would ensure the foreshore’s popularity.

Article featured on the Parramatta Sun Website: 26/2/13

The fantastical world of make believe comes alive in Toowoomba

Toowoomba is a buzz with the imminent opening of the Magical Witch’s Forest Playground at the Heller Street Park, Picnic Point.  But as every child knows, every good fairytale needs a hero.

And while local Princesses and brave Knights will be queuing to live out the adventure when the park opens on Friday the 14th of January, it won’t be until January when our Heroes’ will have a house of their own.

Known as “Old Smithy” the second structure features a quaint tree-house feel complete with a precisely engineered slide for a fast exist when marauders approach.

Jeff Wilson, from Playrope, the Australian Distributor of Spielart, the manufacturer of the equipment, says, “Each piece of Spielart equipment is hand carved and unique, it’s made of super tough Robinia timber and designed to cope with all the punishment kids (and the weather) can throw at it.”

But it’s more than that, Spielart is imagination brought to life, it’s designed to be fun, quirky, off beat and imaginative. And the kids can’t resist it. In fact, I think most adults will be hoping they can play too!”

“Toowoomba City Council are leading the charge to create playgrounds that appeal to modern kids, get them off the couch and into the fresh air. They really should be applauded for their dedication to creating attractions that make playgrounds fun.

Click on the video below to watch the Magical Witch’s Forest being Built…

The Importance of Playground Safety

It goes without saying that if you’re in the business of providing entertainment for children be it a local park, a school, a holiday park or a shopping centre, then a good quality playground should be top of your priority list.

Good playgrounds offer a fun location for children, giving them the ability to test limits, have fun, learn social skills and burn off some of their copious excess energy in a safe location.  And safety is important, because no one wants to see a child hurt. 

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