Plenty to see, do and ex­plore at play­ground

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­tures: Jon Bas­sett

On the rope oc­to­pus are Elka Grif­fin (5), Austin Grif­fin (5), Zak McGuire (9) and Leo Ben­ter (6).

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