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nature play space wittunga

New nature play space in Blackwood’s Wittunga Botanic Garden

Construction starting this week

A unique play space in the Wittunga Botanic Garden will start construction this week, as just one of the many upgrades at the Botanic Garden on the way.

Construction will start this week on the educational and interactive playground, which is set to have an accessible trail around the lake’s perimeter, a wheelchair trampoline and plenty of nature play opportunities, as well as a lake viewing platform.

wittunga concept plans

Opening March 2021

Set to open in March 2021, the playground was designed with help from local primary school students to understand the needs of the community and is being built with wheelchair access to encourage an inclusive and friendly space for all.

To encourage children to develop a connection to nature from an early age the design includes playful educational elements about flora and fauna.

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, said Aboriginal Kaurna culture will be celebrated in the playground and it will be a welcoming, inclusive space.

“A native reed-filled, dry billabong area will be created and a wodli – or house – will provide the opportunity for loose play construction,” Dr Sutherland said. “An in-ground wheelchair trampoline will delight children with accessibility needs and adults can have some fun on a super-sized park bench too.”

The nature play space is funded through the $649 million Adelaide City Deal – a 10-year partnership between the Australian and South Australian governments, and the City of Adelaide.

For more information about the Wittunga Botanic Garden: 

botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/visit/wittunga-botanic-garden

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