Written by Jon Bassett Western Suburbs Weekly
MOSMAN Park has the best adventure playground in Australia.
At the annual Parks and Leisure Australia Awards in Adelaide last night, the riverside town’s Russell Brown Park was awarded best play space under $500,000.
“This recognizes the hard work to build the adventure park put in by the Mosman Park men’s Shed, the Rotary Club and the town of Mosman Park,” park instigator and Mosman Park Councillor Brett Pollock told the Western Suburbs Weekly from Adelaide this morning.
Over a two-year design and build phase, the adventure park was designed to get children outside and away from their device screens.
They can play in its stream, on its ropewalks, under and over its fallen logs, and use its rope swings and cubby building area.
It was awarded best play space in WA under $500,000 in Parks and Leisure’s regional competition earlier this year.
The state award gave it automatic entry to the national event in Adelaide.
Cr Pollock said using community assets, Men’s Shed and Rotary volunteers and private business contributions allowed the council to build a $480,000 facility for children for $60,000.
The park is a free facility on the banks of the Swan River near Stone Street, Mosman Park.
Midwest Times- News
by Geoff Vivian- Thursday, 7 June 2018 8:53AM
Kalbarri has yet another new nature playground, this time at Kalbarri District High School.
The playground was finished late last month after more than three years of fundraising by the school’s P&C, and contributions from Kalbarri mums, dads, fishermen, residents, organisations and businesses.
The team helped playground developers Nature Based Play to establish the playground, which includes rope bridges, tree branches to climb on, a running “creek”, stones and trees.
They used mostly natural materials from the local landscape to create a space for students and teachers.
Kalbarri P&C president Rachael Clancy said she was pleased to see the community pull together for the good of the kids.
“It was amazing to see everyone out there, shovels in hand, working together to bring this long-held dream to fruition,” she said.
“We were blown away by the support and the feel-good factor of coming together as a community.”
UWA Research – PLAYCE study
Nature Based Play has teamed up with the UWA PLAYCE research team to explore the effects of nature play areas in ELC’s. Currently 3 of our projects, Little Learners (Sep 2017), St Hilda’s ELC (Feb 2018), and Goodstart East Perth (2018) are part of this study.
The research looks at which features of the ELC environment promote or discourage physical activity in pre-school aged children. They measure the children’s activity ‘before and after’ the installation of Nature Playgrounds in the centres.
We are also looking to do future research with UWA. Determining the benefits to children’s wellbeing and learning, when they have access to our Nature Playgrounds at their school or ELC.
Nature Based Play is focussed on creating Nature Spaces that contribute greatly to children’s wellbeing and their learning outcomes. Our “Designing for kids” and “best-practice design” philosophy is supported by this research. This helps ensuring that our designs provide great natural spaces for kids to enjoy, play and learn in.
Maggie Dent opening Nature Based Play space at Bletchley Park PS
Nature Based Play was invited to the opening of Bletchley Park Primary School’s nature play area that we had the privilege to design and construct. Maggie Dent, well known ‘parenting guru and nature play advocate’ was there to officially open the space and give it her resounding tick of approval.
NBP is proud to announce we will be attending and sponsoring the 2017 Nature Play WA conference which is being held on 5/6th August at the The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. (See link http://www.natureplaywa.org.au/children-and-nature-conference)
This is a great opportunity for us to learn more about Nature Play for kids, and how the Nature Playground sector can support WA kids in experiencing Nature, through providing affordable, risk appropriate, and organic Nature Play Space designs and playgrounds.
We look forward to seeing you there…look out for our sign in the foyer and our Designer and Director Terry Farrell who will be attending the conference.
Muddy little learners
We celebrated International Mud Day with the rest of the world on 29th June. NBP had its part to play by supplying different Mud mixes through our Loose Play Parts supply. We proudly worked with White Gum Valley’s Little Learners Early Learning Centre.
The ELC kids had a great day mixing, making and playing with the mud. The educators also let their hair down and were well and truly ‘mudded’ by the end of the day.