New natural play spaces under construction

Kids at play

Work has started on two new natural play spaces in Tuggeranong Town Park and Finn Street in O’Connor, with a third to get underway in coming weeks at Telopea Park in Barton.

The new natural play spaces will provide opportunities for creative free play for Canberra kids. The play spaces will use primary elements from the landscape such as sand, logs and rocks to encourage children to climb, jump, explore and have fun.

The Tuggeranong play spaces have been designed for children aged three to eight, and include play elements such as sloping log balance beams, stepping stones, circuits with logs and boulders for maze-like play, totem poles with sound features and ‘ochre pots’ for painting and making mud pies. 

The play space in O’Connor would be an outdoor classroom, featuring rock seating and semicircular turf terraces to create a natural amphitheatre.

Once completed, the Finn Street play space will also include loose parts such as sticks, rocks, logs and other natural elements that the children can use to build and create. Additional trees and plants will also be provided to form natural goal posts and add different textures to the environment to engage children’s sense of touch.

The three natural play spaces will be open in mid 2017. To find out more about the imaginative elements of these three natural play spaces, visit www.tccs.act.gov.au. For more information on nature play in Canberra, visit www.natureplaycbr.org.au.