Wild Play Garden in Centennial Park, Sydney

The recently created Ian Potter children's WILD PLAY Garden in Sydney's Centennial Park inspires us to think of what might be possible in Armidale's creeklands.  Its creation was aided by many benefactors who formed the Centennial Parklands Foundation 20 years ago.  

Perhaps we should create a Foundation for Armidale's Creeklands to help fund improvements to the heart of our city?

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 Toddlers, mums, natural obstacles and shade in the WILD PLAY garden

Toddlers, mums, natural obstacles and shade in the WILD PLAY garden

 This fence around the garden acknowledges the benefactors who supported the creation of the WILD PLAY garden - this image shows just a few of the benefactors

This fence around the garden acknowledges the benefactors who supported the creation of the WILD PLAY garden - this image shows just a few of the benefactors

As the consultants are currently developing ideas for a Master Plan for Armidale's creeklands, perhaps they might consider ways of creating more creative, interactive, playful playground concepts for Armidale that might incorporate some aspects from the WILD PLAY garden together with water flowing through our creeklands near the heart of the city? 

Centennial Park

What a beautiful park is Sydney's Centennial Park!  Such a generously sized park with so many features.  See some images below that demonstrate some concepts that might be applicable to recreational areas along Armidale's creeklands one day.

 Large ponds, bridges and graceful black swans

Large ponds, bridges and graceful black swans

 Beautiful vegetation

Beautiful vegetation

 Reflections, an island refuge for birds and some autumn colour

Reflections, an island refuge for birds and some autumn colour

 Learning about nature in a shady grove of  Casuarina

Learning about nature in a shady grove of Casuarina

 Horse exercise area

Horse exercise area

 This image shows 4 adjacent paths - for horse riding, walking, cars and bikes

This image shows 4 adjacent paths - for horse riding, walking, cars and bikes

The Armidale region has lots of horse enthusiasts.  Perhaps an area could be found to meet their recreation needs as well as walking and bicycle paths?