Ad­ven­ture play­ground opens

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

A CLIMB­ING tower, long slide and snake-like maze are among chal­lenges at a new play­ground opened at Mo­ri­alta Con­ser­va­tion Park.

The ad­ven­ture play­ground in­cor­po­rates five themed areas – the Great Snake, Climb­ing Boul­ders, Ea­gle’s Perch, Kook­aburra Nests and Frog Is­land. It was built by lo­cal com­pany Climb­ing Tree Cre­ations, fol­low­ing a State Govern­ment fund­ing pledge. Mem­bers of the Kau­rna indige­nous com­mu­nity con­trib­uted to the de­sign.

The name of the park, Mukan­thi (pro­nounced muh-gan­thee), is a Kau­rna word mean­ing cel­e­brate and play.

En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Ian Hunter said the park fea­tured Kau­rna cul­tural el­e­ments such as the Great Snake maze and Frog Is­land “where there are shields and faces carved into the trees, a tra­di­tional ca­noe and a camp­fire story area, which will en­cour­age chil­dren to en­gage in imag­i­na­tive play”.

“The fin­ished prod­uct has places to climb, to ex­plore, to take risks, to get lost and to learn,” Mr Hunter said.

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