Wakefield Regional Council

Grand opening for ‘Sounds from the Ground’ nature play space

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4 October 2019

WRC is hosting a grand opening party on Friday 25 October at 4pm for Sounds from the Ground – a fun blend of nature and musical play equipment.

Do you hear that sound? A new playground in Balaklava’s Apex Park is set to raise the bar when it comes to play space in the Wakefield region.

Wakefield Regional Council is hosting a grand opening party on Friday 25 October at 4pm for Sounds from the Ground– a fun blend of nature and musical play equipment.

Grand Opening of Sounds from the Ground - Free community event!
Friday 25 October at 4pm 
 Apex Park,  Balaklava, corner of May Terrace and Wallace Street

 

The free community event, including food and activities, is the first opportunity for children to experience the playground which has stacks of cool things to explore like;

  • log scramble to the jungle-inspired canopy tree hut;
  • slippery slide
  • large nest swing;
  • wooden xylophone;
  • guitar-shaped ride or walk circuit;  
  • big bear playhouse;
  • metal bongo drum;
  • touch-interactive sound wall.

Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid, who will officially open the playground, said the space was an important asset for the region – one where children could express their creativity and imagination through music and play, in and amongst nature.

“It’s adding to some great existing facilities in the Apex Park precinct like the swimming pool, the community garden, which sprung up earlier this year, as well as the skate park and bowling club,” Mayor Reid said. “Apex Park is coming alive – with the sound of music.”

Research through the Australian Early Development Census outlined a need for assets in Wakefield to be devoted to early childhood development, particularly around social competence like communication skills, general knowledge, as well as physical health and wellbeing. 

“Children under five in regional areas are often without these facilities, which are important in encouraging creativity and cognitive thinking,” Mayor Reid said.

“Council understands the need to invest in facilities for local children to play and grow, and we balance this need with a limited budget, so support through funding really helps communities and Council make these projects a reality.”

In Sounds from the Ground’s case, Council matched $63,500 from the South Australian Government’s Open Space and Places for People Program.

Mayor Reid praised the work of Balaklava-based community group Our Community Our Children which had the grand vision for a central play space in the town and inspired the grant application.

“We are exceptionally proud to work with them on this project.”.

Our Community Our Children’s Dale Gathercote said the group was absolutely thrilled to see the realisation of their long-held vision for a nature play space finally come to life.

“We’ve been holding this vision since 2014 and it’s been really special to have the support from Wakefield Regional Council and so much of the community – the Plains Producer, Child and Family Health Service, Balaklava Community Children’s Centre and Balaklava Community Library,” Ms Gathercote said. 

“It’s going to be exciting to see this area expand and grow over the next few years. There are plans to add different play spaces in pods around the centre of the playground - so watch this space.”

 

Sounds from the Ground

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