NATALIE DE NADAI
An empty paddock in Two Wells has been transformed into a $1 million playground.
Wildflower Park is a 1.8ha play space – featuring all natural materials, climbing frames, a creek crossing and waterplay area – near the Eden residential estate. It is being officially opened today.
Michael Hickinbotham, managing director of the Hickinbotham Group, which is behind the $1.2 billion housing development, said the playground would give children the chance to “come home muddy”.
“The whole thing stems from Professor Fraser Mustard, who was a thinker in residence here years ago,” Mr Hickinbotham said.
“His whole field of endeavour was for kids being able to learn through play.
“Kids need to learn to take intelligent and measured risks and this is a wonderful place to start.
“A lot of play spaces, they wrap kids in cotton wool … it’s not helpful for kids; it’s an impediment to their learning.
“It’s lovely when you create a space that helps people connect and that includes kids as well as parents.”
Lucas had an early visit to the playground, and said he could not wait to have his birthday party there.
Anastasia gave Wildflower Park “two thumbs up” and said the swing was her favourite part.