Plenty to see, do and explore at playground
TADPOLE hunting, building dams and climbing rocks are all part of the fun at the Rotary Club of Mosman Park and Men’s Shedbuilt Russell Brown Adventure Park for children.
The park will be officially opened at Minim Cove Park next month.
“It’s all about kids learning about life and playing in the bush, like we used to as kids, when you get lumps and bumps, scratches and excitement,” Men’s Shed chairman and Town of Mosman Park councillor Brett Pollock said.
In the past six months, more than 600 volunteer hours have converted a previously unused part of the riverside park into a rambling area for children to explore.
The Men’s Shed and Mosman Park Rotary contributed $65,000 and $30,000 came from the council and company donations included contractors Smith-Broughton, which provided a bobcat and loader for six weeks.
However, the park has had its critics.
Resident Roz MacNish wrote an email in November telling the council trees had not been pruned properly, the design lacked organisation, exposed sand would blow into nearby homes and painted poles would “look ghastly”.
Mr Pollock said Ms MacNish should now have no concerns because the majority of con- struction had been completed and a safety audit was scheduled for the next few weeks at the architect-designed park.
Cubby houses comprising the final attractions are currently being built at the Men’s Shed.
Some children are already flocking to the heavily-shaded area, supervised by their parents.
“It’s great as we can walk down from home to somewhere where they can get out, run and explore, and get off the X-Box,” Mosman Park dad Matthew Schmidt said.
The park has been heavily mulched for soft landings where the youngsters paddle in the stream, swing off octopus ropes, use the talking pipe telephones and play tug-of-war. “The tug-ofwar is the best because you get to take on people,” Zak McGuire, of Mosman Park, said.
On the rope octopus are Elka Griffin (5), Austin Griffin (5), Zak McGuire (9) and Leo Benter (6).