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George Gregan Foundation Playground

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by Felicity Banks (subscribe)
I'm a writer of interactive and normal novels including steampunk fantasy app books set mainly in Australia. Banks
Published January 31st 2015
A secret paradise for kids
George Gregan is a brilliant Wallabies player who began his Foundation after his son was diagnosed with epilepsy. The foundation is best known for a spectacular series of playgrounds built inside hospitals in Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra (with more to come).

The playground is surrounded by the hospital, located between maternity and paediatrics. Although the location provides extra shade in the late afternoon, it tends to increase the effects of unpleasant weather - stinking of melting rubber on a hot day, and funnelling wind (one section is under part of the building, so kids can still play there a little on a rainy day). The parking at the hospital is absolutely awful - the best carpark is at the opposite end of the hospital - and the playground is the victim of a constant hum due to large AC units.

But it is one of Canberra's best-kept secrets. Even on a Sunday, it isn't crowded. It has loads of seating, reasonable wheelchair access (they can't get onto the main structure, but can travel the whole area easily and play with some items including a wind-up noise box that plays a range of animal sounds), and clean all-access toilets a short way down the hall (past two inside play areas that are also pretty good). There is a huge range of unusual activities scattered all around the area - everything from a long balance-beam snake to a four-person bouncing seat. The "look" of the playground is like a jungle treehouse, and it is beautiful. Don't forget your camera!

There's a decent café immediately upstairs, overlooking the play area.

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Why? For sick kids.
When: Dawn to Dusk Daily
Phone: 1300 306 608
Where: Canberra Hospital Maternity/Pediatrics Units
Cost: Free
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