Creekwood New Natural Playground.
- Thursday 19 Oct 2017
A new nature-themed adventure park at Creekwood Estate near Caloundra, featuring artwork created by 600 local students.
The new park on the North East corner of Capricorn Crescent, Meridan Plains was officially opened on October 10 by Cr Peter Cox and the AVJennings Queensland team, alongside AVJennings ambassador and star Firebirds netball player Romelda Aiken.
AVJennings teamed up with students at nearby Meridan State College to add colour and site specific installations to the new playground, which is part of a new $2 million, two hectare park, playing field and wetlands corridor linking with Currimundi Creek located at the northern end of Creekwood Estate.
The new adventure park focuses on 'nature play' using trees, logs and rocks as part of an 'obstacle' style playground.
Local students have helped to 'personalise' the park, with prep pupils using their painted hands to decorate pavers, while older children create unique artwork on rocks and tiles.
The art program has given students a unique opportunity to add their own special touch to a public space.
Meridan State College Visual Art teacher Pia Manttan says over 600 students from prep through to year 12 were involved in the art project.
"Our students have loved this creative process, which included taking the hand and foot prints from all 160 preps, the creation of 300 faces on ceramic discs and the colourful portrayals of fish on 200-plus pebbles," she said.
"The partnership between Meridan State College and AVJennings has been beneficial for all and we all look forward to the park being opened so that these works can be enjoyed by the whole community."
AVJennings National Sales Manager Tony Creighton says he expects the playground will prove popular with locals and purchasers in Creekwood's latest residential stage, Creekwood Parkside, with just 12 of 26 freehold homes overlooking the Creekwood Natural Playground, playing field and adjacent wetlands remaining for sale. The homes are complete and ready to move in to, priced from $329,900.
"AVJennings has worked alongside landscape architect Sharron Bell to create a safe and engaging play space, which will encourage children to use their imaginations to explore their surroundings through 'nature play'," he said.
"The new Creekwood Natural Playground will encourage kids to get back to nature and discover 'old fashioned' play by climbing trees, balancing along logs and swinging through nets.
"Playground favourites including a giant Gyro swing, swings and rope climbing structures have been installed, however the majority of equipment is made from natural materials.
"We have used natural, durable materials like recycled native Bloodwood to create signature elements within the park such as the climbing tree and balance log obstacle course surrounded by sandstone seats and boulders
"Over the past generation there has been a huge shift towards assisted play or technology-driven play, so we want to see kids get back to basics by exploring their natural surroundings. It's important for kids to be given the opportunity to exercise their natural curiosity in a safe environment and to learn to make their own fun.
"While the Natural Playground is the star attraction, the park is a beautiful place for people of all ages to enjoy. We have planted over 85 new trees and two Moreton Bay figs to create a lush environment which will offer plenty of shade as trees mature.
"The park is adjacent to a wetland which provides a tranquil recreation space surrounded by native wildlife both above and below the water."
The new Creekwood Natural Playground will be linked to Creekwood Park, the wetlands and the pedestrian link to Currimundi Creek.