Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden’s Official ‘Ground Breaking’ Event

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Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden’s Official ‘Ground Breaking’ Event
NEWS_AS_WILDPLAY unveling_lvl3_809w_A ASPECT Studios recently had the perfect excuse to go wild when the official Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden was officially unveiled on 15 August. Some three years in the development, the project is about to kick off and we’re looking forward to creating a magical space where children can be immersed in nature.   Centennial Parklands has long had a vision for a safe, unique space in one of Sydney’s oldest and most loved parks where children can explore, learn and connect with the natural environment. This important community project was featured in the Centennial Park Master Plan 2040 and underwent extensive design and safety consultations.   Our design for the WILD PLAY garden was inspired by the existing attributes of the site, including century-old fig trees and surrounding parklands. We have kept the design to a simple palette of natural materials and elements to provide children with a platform to discover, experiment, socialise and learn through play.   The official ‘ground breaking’ event was attended by guests including Mark Speakman, Minister for Environment and Heritage and Tony Ryan, Trustee Chairman of Centennial Parklands. The Governor of Centennial Parklands, Rebekah Giles was also attended the event along with Director and Chief Executive, Kim Ellis, who opened the event. Craig Connolly and Nicole Bortone from the Ian Potter Foundation were also there to witness the official unveiling of the site.   Our design is full of hidden surprises and opportunities for people – both young and old - to interact closely with nature. Natural elements include sand, water, sticks, leaves, flowers and pebbles in a series of unique spaces that offer varying degrees of physical challenge. This series of spaces will provide a diverse range of explorative and creative play opportunities, which are increasingly rare in urban playgrounds.   It is estimated that only 35% of children today are playing and exploring in outdoor playgrounds and this new wonderland will also serve as an outdoor educational program to teach science, native species and bush survival. The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden will provide an opportunity for children to reconnect with the natural world. It’s sure to be a vital space for kids within our increasing urban environment. NEWS_AS_WILDPLAY unveiling_lvl3_809w_B   Video of the event click here. Centennial Parklands media release click here. More about the project click here. Return to News