BLOOMIN’ GOOD FUN IN GAR­DEN

Herald Sun - - NEWS - HAR­RIET WOR­RALL-CARTER

KIDS will be able to let their imag­i­na­tion run wild at a quirky new ad­ven­ture play­ground.

The eco-friendly play­ground in Fitzroy has helped dis­ad­van­taged kids reach new heights since open­ing last month.

The de­sign by Ben­jamin Gil­bert has been dubbed “Coal Flow­ers”, and is a hit with lo­cal migrant fam­i­lies liv­ing in the Ather­ton Gar­dens hous­ing flats.

Fitzroy Ad­ven­ture Play­ground chair­woman Mar­garet Har­ri­son said lo­cal kids were rapt when it opened af­ter two months.

“Some just stood there in awe. They didn’t know where to start,” she said.

“The old play­ground was very run­down. Now they’ve got a space that is chal­leng­ing for them, where they can test their limits.”

The out­door play area — run by Cub­bies Fitzroy and Save the Chil­dren Aus­tralia — pro­vides chil­dren, largely from migrant back­grounds, with a safe place to play and ex­plore.

The flower de­sign in­cludes 25 so­lar pan­els and gen­er­ates elec­tric­ity for the build­ing and teaches chil­dren about sus­tain­abil­ity.

Six-year-old Helina said the best part of the play­ground is the big slide and catch­ing up with her friends from school.

“We call it Fun City,” she said. “I get to see all my friends from dif­fer­ent grades and play tiggy.”

Helina, 6, ex­plores the Coal Flow­ers gar­den. Pic­ture: DAVID SMITH

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