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.
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.
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.