Concept plans have been released for a stunning new playground in Morialta Conservation Park that will delight children with a design incorporating physical challenges, Aboriginal culture and native plants and animals.
Environment Minister Ian Hunter today said $900,000 would be spent upgrading visitor facilities at Morialta, including the exciting playground, due for completion in August 2017.
The Stradbroke Road picnic area will have four themed play areas: Frog island, Great snake, Kookaburra nest and Climbing boulders, as well as paths, lawns, creeks and climbing trees.
At the Kookaburra nest play area, giant lifelike nests of different heights can be climbed and explored; at Frog Island children can explore an Aboriginal fire pit, search for animal carvings in the bush and use stepping stones to cross a creek.
Morialta playground designers Peter Semple and Simon Hutchinson incorporated suggestions from Linden Park Primary School children who entered a State Government competition last year to design a national park using the Minecraft computer game.
Morialta Conservation Park celebrated its centenary last year, and is located 10 kilometres from the CBD. About 300,000 people visit the park annually.
The new Nature Play space at Morialta Conservation Park will form part of the State Government’s 2014 commitment to invest $10.4 million to upgrade metropolitan national parks and reserves, to help meet the needs of the growing number of local residents for outdoor recreational spaces.
Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter
This new Nature Play space was designed with the help of kids, for kids.
The State Government is driving a push to see more South Australians get out and about in our beautiful parks and reserves – and we’ve dedicated $10.4 million to make it happen.
This wonderful new area will be a safe, welcoming space where kids can reconnect with unstructured outdoor play and discover the value of nature for themselves.