This project is on track for completion mid to late November 2017.
A children’s playground with a difference, the Nature Play space will feature a fairy garden, rope climb, tunnels and a digging patch. Works will also include pathways, bubblers, irrigation, signage and CCTV.
The nature play concept supports unstructured outdoor play, which has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s cognitive and physical development. It focuses on enjoying the outdoors and exploring the simple wonders of the surroundings.
The playground uses the nature-based play concept and will include:
- Balance logs
- Rocks for climbing, jumping and hopping
- A "dinosaur" skeleton hiding in a sand pit
- A fairy garden
- Rope climb, tunnels and a digging patch
- Plants known for their bright colours, smells and textures to encourage sensory play
The concept was developed after consultation with Botanic Gardens staff, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, children, parents and educators at local daycare centres and play groups, and broader community feedback.
This project is being delivered with a $750,000 contribution under the Queensland Government's Works for Queensland (W4Q) program, which has provided $15.5 million to Cairns Regional Council to fast-track job-creating community and infrastructure renewal works. Under the W4Q program, the works must be completed by 30 November 2017.