Date posted: 15 January 2021
Children and their carers will soon have an exciting new reason to visit Wittunga Botanic Garden, with a unique play space starting construction this week.
Designed with help from local primary school students, the wheelchair-accessible playground will put nature at its heart, with flower and nut cubbies, a dry billabong play environment, raised planter bed mazes to support biodiversity, and much more.
Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, said the play space will be a fun way to encourage lifelong learning and nurture the connection between nature and feelings of wellbeing.
“The natural play space will make the Blackwood garden a popular destination for families to spend quality time with each other and gain the mental lift that comes with being in beautiful botanical surroundings.
“It will add a playful, yet educational element to the garden. Visitors will enjoy the cubbies, which will depict flora found in ancient Gondwanaland, when Australia was part of one huge landmass.
“Aboriginal Kaurna culture will be celebrated throughout the playground, and physical skills will be put to good use with a super-sized park bench, an in-ground wheelchair trampoline and so much more,” Dr Sutherland said.
The new play experience, which is due for completion in March 2021, is made possible by funding from the Adelaide City Deal - a partnership between the Australian and state governments, and the City of Adelaide.
An accessible trail around the lake’s perimeter and upgrades to its beach area have already been created using the funding, and a lake viewing platform is almost complete.
Visitors to Wittunga Botanic Garden can currently enjoy extended opening hours of 8.30am until 7pm every day. When daylight savings comes to an end in April, the garden’s extended hours will be from 8.30am until 5pm.
Concept of how the new play space at Wittunga Botanic Garden will look.