Play’s a hit, naturally

THE swish new $100,000 nature playground has opened at Bert Wright Park in Bayswater and chillens are flocking to it.

Even before the official opening last week kids informally opened it, about 40 of them swinging by to scramble up the woodchip slopes and clamber over the log steps.

On Tuesday more than 20 were still running about the place, while our photographer reported that there was only one other park in Voiceland where he saw kids playing, and they were involved in an organised sport.

• It’s school holidays and Benjamin Pearce and mum Laura Carpenter, and Emily and Karen Ross were helping to break in Bert Wright Park’s new nature playground. Photo by Steve Grant

• It’s school holidays and Benjamin Pearce and mum Laura Carpenter, and Emily and Karen Ross were helping to break in Bert Wright Park’s new nature playground. Photo by Steve Grant

It’s part of Bayswater council’s plan to reactivate the Bayswater town centre, and they let locals have their say on the final design.

There’s a whole boatload of research into how nature playgrounds are better for kids compared to the sterile, plastic and foam-floor offerings, from the way it teaches them to take small risks and overcome tasks, building resilience if they scrape a knee and even boosting immune systems when they get exposed to a bit of dirt.

Vincent council’s nature playground wasn’t a flash in the pan either: It opened a year ago but it’s still packed out with kids every weekend.

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