New playground puts visitors at one with nature

December 18, 2017 by  

The natural attractions of the environment are a focus of the Gateway Sanctuary playground that opened recently in the Greater Geelong suburb of Leopold.

Visitors to the playground will be greeted with a new and much larger attraction built around the concept of nature play within the Gateway Sanctuary’s natural surrounds.

Mayor of Geelong Bruce Harwood said the new playground equipment has something for everything with a bridge, water play, magnifying glasses, fossils, sand, logs, mud pits and tunnels.

A sustainability emphasis has been applied to the design making way for the inclusion of 2,000 plants (mostly indigenous), repurposed and recycled mulch and timber, recycled rock, concrete with a low carbon content and local stone, according to the Mayor.

As part of the scheme, the old play equipment was dismantled by volunteers from the MG Car Club Geelong and Flemington, as well as Geelong and Highton Rotary Clubs, and sent on to Sri Lanka where it will be recycled for use in the Sputnik Children’s Park and Toy Library project.

The Gateway Sanctuary, located in Melaluka Road, has attracted a great deal of interest for inclusion on tourist brochure printing due to its wide array of wildlife spotted regularly amid the extensive open spaces.

Mayor Harwood said the new playground will be a great asset to the growing community, and will give families a place to have fun and relax.

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