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Published December 6th 2010
Sydney Park has the utopian version of a children's playground.
If you are used to the stock standard playground you and the kids will be blown away with the state of the art equipment - designed for safety, to encourage physical activity and to stimulate the senses, for children of all ages and abilities.
The children's playground appears in the open green spaces of miniature storybook hills where dogs gather to play.
The highlight of the play zone is the range of slides with different lengths and gradients built into a hill with a spongy climbing wall.
The sandpits are a stand out they are raised to adult waist height so parents don't need to bed over and kids with wheelchairs can participate. Shaped in a winding river pattern, they are covered in mosaic animal and sail boat images.
There is a musical suspended bridge linking two climbing mounds as well as a mini Stonehenge like sundial that's numbered with dates, times and instructions including in Braille.
Along winding paths are fun shaped mirrors, wombat sculptures, climbing nets, spinning wheels and of course the play land wouldn't be complete without a set of swings and a sound installation of native birds.
For parents there's a cafe/kiosk adjacent according to Architecture media: "Sydney Park now has it all – a really great playground, an engaging park, salubrious, clean toilets close at hand and a kiosk with an espresso machine and view of said park, allowing adults caffeinate while the little dears let off steam running up and down the artfully disposed hillocks. All beautifully designed and built."
Best of all the state of the art equipments sits easily within the natural landscape with trees to sit under, colourful bottle brushes, rocks to hide behind, a running stream and shaded picnic tables.
There are lots of opportunities to explore promoting children's health and well-being with wide rubber surfaced paths that are wheel chair accessible.
Across the green plains there is a mini streetscape learner's cycleway with real roads and traffic lights for children on their bikes, trikes and scooters to learn to ride and the road safety rules on.