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VIP playground testers de­scended on an Up­per Ca­bool­ture playground at an ex­clu­sive launch event last month.

More than 100 chil­dren ap­plied to be among the first to play at Fortress Group’s Bunya Adventure Playground, which of­fi­cially opened to the pub­lic last month at their River­parks de­vel­op­ment. Fortress De­vel­op­ments sales man­ager Garett Klein­schmidt said lo­cal chil­dren were in­vited to road test the playground, giv­ing them ex­clu­sive ac­cess in ex­change for their ex­pert opin­ion of the playground.

“We re­ceived hun­dreds of emails for chil­dren ap­ply­ing for the spe­cial job which was ad­ver­tised on Facebook,” Mr Klein­schmidt said.

“Ex­pe­ri­ence was crit­i­cal and 60 chil­dren were hired.”

Mr Klein­schmidt said the new park was the cen­tre­piece of more than 10ha of park­land and green open space.

“We have re­tained mil­lions of dol­lars worth of ex­ist­ing nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion – we saved all the sur­round­ing Bunya pines and aptly named the park af­ter them – to carve out the playground from nat­u­ral bush­land,” he said.

“The playground is in­no­va­tive and takes ad­van­tage of its nat­u­ral sur­rounds to pro­vide shade and a set­ting that is nat­u­rally stun­ning. It’s de­signed to en­hance an ac­tive life­style and as a place to bring to­gether fam­ily and friends in re­laxed nat­u­ral sur­rounds.

“There is some­thing for ev­ery­one with an ar­ray of ac­tive and pas­sive recre­ational spa­ces where res­i­dents of all ages can gather to re­lax, so­cialise and ex­er­cise.”

VIP playground testers at River­parks' lat­est Bunya Adventure Playground.

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