A new nature-based playground has opened in Sydney’s Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, giving kids another way to explore and learn about their surroundings.
Minister for Environment and Member for Hornsby Matt Kean said the playground in the Gibberagong Precinct of Bobbin Head is designed for unstructured outdoor play and to foster kid’s early connection to the environment.
“This is about kids connecting with our natural environment so you will find safe and educational play equipment for a range of ages,” Mr Kean said.
“The playground, which is a huge improvement on what was previously at the site, now reflects the native flora, fauna and geology of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
The playground, which is popular with local families, is expected to be finished by the end of the month and open on December 1st.
“I know there are many families who have been eagerly anticipating this play space to open and they will not be disappointed,” Mr Kean said.
“NSW National Parks have seen a surge in visitors during COVID and I have no doubt this will continue to be a popular spot for families to visit over the summer.
Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC said, “I have many fond memories of taking my children to this area when they were young. I wish there was a playground like this back then”.
“The playground features stencilled footprints that represent local native fauna such as wallabies and possums”.
“These footprints are great learning tools and encourage kids to search for and identify the different species with use of interpretive signs, photos and animal sculptures made by a local artist”, Mr Henskens said.
The playground is at the Gibberagong Precinct of Bobbin Head and can be reached via Bobbin Head road or Ku-ring-gai Chase road.
It will be open in line with Park opening hours – from sunrise to sunset every day.