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Published December 4th 2015
This isn't your average park It's a creative wonderland
Today's adventure consisted of visiting the "Outback Adventure Park" at Anderson Court Reserve, and what a lovely surprise this little gem was. This reserve is almost like an outback sanctuary filled with extraordinary artwork, sculpture, indigenous culture and fun activities. I thought it'd be a great excuse to leave the house and enjoy the lovely weather and sunshine. Only a short 5 minute drive from Magill, this small reserve is situated next to the Campbelltown Public Library and adjacent to the Campbelltown Council on Montacute Road.
This incredible play space is both artistically and uniquely created as well as educational and culturally informative. The Anderson Court Reserve was funded by the Campbelltown City Council and the Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure. It has been built and constructed in such a smart and conscious way, where children can explore, wander and learn all at the same time. This is shown through the posts as pictured, where letters and words are placed in and around the central part of the space for kids to read.
Although the area is quite small and confined, it is jam-packed and filled with wonder and amazement. There is so much to do and explore in such a small space.The Cambelltown Council have done a spectacular job with this one.
Moving further into the play area, I discovered a wonderful maze that is ingeniously built and features more sculptures hidden within the crevices of the winding pathways. These striking sculptures of emus, kangaroos and wombats highlight Australian native wildlife, which is definitely something to be proud of. I love the fact that the image of the kangaroo is an Australian symbol. It's a gorgeous animal.
Another fantastic aspect of this reserve, is the fossil finding section, labelled as "Fossil Finding Fun". It's a sandpit hiding various fossil-like features for the children to find and examine. This is simply an awesome idea.
One thing I am truly impressed by is that the reserve promotes sustainable design principles and aspects. This is seen through the many elements and objects that have been custom made using recycled plastic products. This really ties into the idea of using recycled items in a positive way to benefit our environment, and also teaches children a valuable lesson on taking care of the environment, whilst trying to participate in the future of sustainability.
When reading about the reserve I noted that council staff were cautious and worked with contractors to make sure the development and implementation of these sculptures and features of the play area were indeed safe for use and play for children. The climbing rocks and timber stepping stones are also made from recycled materials, which is highly creative and promotes environmental awareness in the Campbelltown community. The rocks in this reserve have been put together to represent the "Rainbow Serpent", which was apparently relocated from the Campbelltown Leisure Centre. It's great that they have found ways to incorporate existing structures and include them into new foundations. The timber for the stepping stones and small seats were also sourced from local reserves.