New nature playground open!

Published on 20 October 2017

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With landscape works at Parkside Walk now complete, the new playground and nature play space at Henderson Park is open and ready for kids to explore.

The playground combines conventional play equipment with nature play and 'loose parts' play options. The basket swing allows kids of varying abilities to play together and the wooden cubbyhouse themed equipment fits beautifully in the natural setting under the large fig trees. 

The nature play space includes natural logs and irregular spaces to help kids learn to recognise, assess and negotiate risk and build confidence and competence.  Containers have been incorporated for collecting loose natural materials, providing children with an opportunity to interact with interesting objects and connect with nature. See if you can find the gnarly tree monster! 

Some play tables have also been included that allow children to draw with chalk and play with toys. Families are encouraged to bring along small toys to leave or swap to allow new and ever changing play opportunities. 

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This is the second nature playground park within the Town, with Rutter Park in Wembley continuing to be a huge hit with the local community.  The Town is looking to incorporate more nature scape play areas in other parks as playgrounds are renewed or developed in the future.  

Nature play has been associated with a number of health benefits for children, such as improved cognitive function, increased creativity and improved interaction with adults.  Contact with mud, water, leaves, sticks and gum nuts can help to stimulate children's immune system as well as their imagination. 

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