Wild by nature: the ultimate platform for growth and development
Wild Play Park in Sydney’s Centennial Park is the result of a vision to create a safe, unique space for children to explore, learn and connect with the natural environment – a wild play children’s garden. It was seen as not just another playground, but a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility aimed at providing children opportunities to reconnect with nature, at a time when many parks are rapidly decreasing their access to nature and the outdoors.
Inspired by the existing attributes of the site, such as fig trees and surrounding parklands, ASPECT Studios approached the brief with a design response that creates an immersive environment, keeping the design to a simple palette of natural materials and elements. In doing so, children are provided with a platform to explore, experiment, socialise, and learn through play.
Fleetwood was engaged to provide its DesignExecute Model for the Tree House. Surrounded by a lush bamboo forest, the tree house forms part of an immersive and dense grove environment with narrow sandy trails, small clearings and canopy to explore. Enclosed rope bridges take children up to the tree house lookout point, high above the forest, where a large slide sends them back down to the forest floor.
The nature-inspired setting offers numerous educational outcomes for children, including an understanding of botanical diversity through hands-on interaction, development of spatial awareness through elevated platforms and enclosed vertical planting, and development of spatial skills through the negotiation of vertical structures.
Wild Play is however, much more than just the journey: it is provides the ultimate platform for growth and development in Sydney’s children,
Officially opened last month, this new park takes kids on an adventure journey. Running through an artesian water basin of creek beds and fountains, the journey proceeds through thick bamboo tunnels, along a balancing course in the form of an ‘eel’, across a swing bridge, into a difficult tree house climb, and down the slide, back to the ground where there are endless opportunities for unscripted play.
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