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Logan City Council to build Australia’s largest Spielart play unit

Logan City Council to build Australia’s largest Spielart play unit
December 3, 2013

Logan City Council's development of Underwood Park in the South east Queensland suburb of Priestdale will feature Australia's biggest Spielart Playground when it is installed by July of 2014.

Based on a design called 'Peter Pan', originally created for Nelly Sachs Park in Berlin, the customised unit was modified for Australian conditions by Playrope and will be constructed in Germany by the manufacturer Spielart.

Playrope's James Devereux explains "the Playground Towers are very large, and we have modified the 7 metre structure to make it more transparent, so parents are able to supervise their children, whilst still giving kids the freedom to play.

"Also, minor adjustments to the design have been made to ensure that it meets Australian Safety Standards."

Logan City Council is the latest Australian Council to catch onto the world-wide adventure-play phenomenon which features natural materials such as commercially-grown Class 1 Robinia hardwood timber. The Underwood Park Playground which has been designed to meet the needs of children from ages five to 16 and incorporates a number of physically challenging equipment pieces which progressively become more difficult such as scramble nets, rope, flubber and totter bridges (which are suspended up to 1.5 metres above the ground) and a climbing wall.

What's more, the enormous castle-themed towers which resemble something from a movie set or child's drawing will give visitors a unique view of the surrounding parklands, some 5 metres into the air.

The Underwood Park Playground draws on the adventure play-theory published by Play England that states, "we need to provide opportunities for children to test and challenge themselves in play that involves a level of risk" in order for them to develop resilience and make informed judgements."

Through smart design modern playgrounds have the ability to offer these experiences in a safe and controlled environment.

Devereux adds "Underwood Park will challenge kids to experiment, imagine and explore. It has all of the elements that a child needs to have fun."

The park, which is already known for its excellent facilities for mountain bikers and skateboarders, will soon resonate with families and children.

Logan City Councillor Lisa Bradley adds "this is going to lift the park into a different realm. We are going to have people external to Logan coming in solely to use that playground."

This playground is expected to be completed by July 2014.

For more information on Spielart, contact Jeff Wilson on 0412 543 920, E: jeff@playrope.com.auwww.playrope.com.au.

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