Richley Reserve playground
Already one of the region's premier attractions, Blackbutt Reserve is now even better with the opening of the new adventure playground at Richley Reserve.
The $2.5million overhaul includes new footpaths, shelters, bbq areas and green space, all connected to the playground inspired by the natural bushland.
With a focus on nature-based play that includes rope courses, bridges, swings and slides, there is plenty of space and activity for toddlers through to tweens as well as access for kids at all levels of ability.
Play Australia, the peak body for playgrounds, advocates for adventure play and notes that mastering small challenges in play helps children build self-confidence and resilience.
Natural, tactile materials such as timber equipment, smooth river stones and a sandpit with water fountain stimulate a love for nature, give kids control over their play and integrate with the surrounding bushland.
A specially designed carousel puts kids with wheelchairs at the centre of the fun, after they have arrived via a new pathway constructed to provide an accessible route to the new playground and recreation area.
The facility is part of Council's long-term strategic plan to create vibrant and activated public spaces, and to protect and enhance our natural environment.