• For the kids

    Ceremony marks the start of NSW’s first children’s wild play garden

We recently held a special breaking ground ceremony to mark the start of the highly anticipated and newest nature play experience for kids, The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden. After three years of dedicated planning and fundraising the $4M project is now underway in Centennial Park and expected to open in early 2017.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman joined The Ian Potter Foundation, major donors and Centennial Parklands Foundation Ambassadors, Michael ‘Wippa’ and Lisa Wipfli with sons Ted and Jack onsite to officially mark the start of construction. Watch a video from the special day below.


What is the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden?

The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden will provide an outdoor learning experience for children aged 2-12, of all abilities and backgrounds, enabling a ‘whole-of-life’ approach to education. Located adjacent to the existing Education Precinct off Dickens Drive in Centennial Park, the Garden will consist of dedicated natural spaces including artesian water play, creek beds, bamboo forests and outdoor classrooms, all designed to inspire and encourage children to engage in exciting, creative and imaginative outdoor ‘wild play’.

“The importance of this garden extends far beyond a place for children to play outdoors in a park. This purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility will provide children opportunities to reconnect with nature at a time when many have rapidly decreasing access to nature and the outdoors,” said the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage.

This $3.7 million project has received valuable funding support from The Ian Potter Foundation, whose incredible support of $1.5 million has enabled the project to progress from dream to reality.

Construction works will begin in early September with an expected opening in 2017. For project information visit our website here.

Below are a few snaps from the special day or view the full album on the Parklands’ Flickr page here.

Minister and Kim

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage

Group shovel shot

L-R: Craig Connelly, Kim Ellis, Mark Speakman, Rebekah Giles and Tony Ryan breaking the first ground of what is to become the Garden

Bondi Advertising

Creators of the WILD PLAY campaign, Bondi Advertising, were in attendance

Group WILD shot

Everyone was WILD for the event!

Lisa and Wippa

Centennial Parklands Foundation Ambassadors, Michael ‘Wippa’, Lisa and ‘Super Ted’ Wipfli are excited for the new Garden and creative campaign


We also launched the new WILD PLAY creative campaign at the event, designed by Bondi Advertising. Here is an example of the fresh new imagery and logo you will see seeded across offline and online channels from September 2016 in anticipation of the Garden’s opening in 2017.


WILD PLAY creative

Invest in the WILD PLAY Garden

Unique opportunities exist for corporate sponsorship and private benefactors to invest in this state of the art wild play garden.

If you would like to discuss the concept plans further please contact us on (02) 9339 6633 or email: foundation@centennialparklands.com.au
Stay up to date with the construction of the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden by subscribing to our Park Notices eNewsletter here.

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