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Nature Playspace, Bristow Smith Reserve, Goolwa

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published January 7th 2016
The children's playground that grown-ups love
There is a fabulous new playground in Goolwa which, it seems, is more popular with adults than children. A friend, who shall remain nameless, was attempting to squeeze through the barrier protecting the playground, just before the opening date early last month. She had caught a glimpse of the new equipment, musical instruments and artwork from the road and wanted a closer look. She had almost gained access when a smiling security guard approached and told her she was about the twentieth adult to be refused entry within the past week. Apparently no children had been caught 'breaking in', only grown-ups!

Nature Playspace, Goolwa
Nature Playspace, Bristol Smith Reserve,Goolwa


Named 'The Nature Playspace', the playground opened to much anticipation and excitement, in early December 2015.

It features a wooden boat, which, if you know Goolwa, is very much in keeping with local culture.

wooden boat
wooden boat


There are climbing nets and climbing poles.

climbing net
climbing net


There is a slippery dip and all manner of swings.



Everyone loves the huge sandpit, the tunnels and the water play which features a small creek.

more swings
more swings


There are benches and barbecues for picnics and there's a sandy beach at a shallow part of the river for swimming and paddling. But here's my favourite bit - and, I suspect why so many other grown ups were so impatient to get in - the musical instruments and artwork.

xylophone art statement
xylophone art statement


Really, they've thought of everything!

swan drums and fish art
swan drums and fish art


The carved tree on the periphery of the playground was created by two Alexandrina Council employees who donated over 120 hours of their own time add further local flavour to this wondrous project.

carved tree
carved tree


And there's a little carved seat where you can sit and watch the pelicans, swans and watercraft glide past on the river.

little carved seat
little carved seat


I consider myself lucky to have two delightful granddaughters, and therefore an excuse to visit this fantastic playground often. Because THEY want to, of course!

The wooden boat mermaid
The wooden boat mermaid

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Why? Because playgrounds are for grown-ups too!
Where: Bristow Smith Reserve, Goolwa.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Lovely commentary and photos Karen. I don't have the same excuse you do, but I think I will have to check out this playground; for artistic reasons, of course.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1254 days ago
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