This week we were able to get up close to $2.5 million ( yes you read right!) generously donated to Centennial Parklands from the Centennial Parklands Foundation. What is even more amazing is that this multi-million dollar cheque was made up of 700 individual donations by the community over the past four years.
When we say community, we mean it! Local schools, families and philanthropists, including The Ian Potter Foundation who the Children’s Garden is named after, rallied around the Foundation to help fund part of The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden.
What’s the BIG cheque for?
The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden is a $4 million state-of-the-art nature play space designed to engage children and inspire local families to reconnect with nature. The Parklands’ wild landscape provides the perfect setting for kids to learn about sustainability and become fitter and healthier too. So it’s no surprise that this has become one of the most visited Parklands’ spaces for families to play and escape.
It’s our vision to become New South Wales’ leading institution in nature pedagogy and practice. Why? Because we want strong, resilient, creative leaders for the future. This vision wouldn’t be possible without the fundraising and support from the Foundation. Through their fundraising over the past 20 years, they enable us to create community projects and programs that benefit everyone. Without their contribution, we would not have been able to build the Children’s Garden.
The fun isn’t over yet though! We are still seeking donors to sponsor the final four spaces with naming recognition within the Children’s Garden. These include:
Artesian Water Play
There is a ‘spring’ of water that runs over rocks and pools in a bubbling basin and mist that resembles a natural water system. The water jets provide plenty of playful water elements for kids to get wet while providing children with the opportunity to experiment and build a relationship with water. Last but not least, it is a hot spot to cool down on a summer’s day.
Treehouse & Bamboo Forest
This dense grove is perfect for children to explore, run through and enjoy the sense of being within a thicket. The Tree House has an enclosed wooden log ladder that takes kids high above the bamboo forest to a unique look out point and a large slide that takes them back down to the forest floor.
Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub
Native plants grow over a beautiful woven bamboo structure for kids to run wild. In time the vegetation will establish and take shape creating tunnels and hideouts for imaginative learning.
Another high point in the Children’s Garden is having the opportunity to climb and experience an alternate perspective of the surrounding environment. A 10 metre long tunnel encourages children to crawl beneath and provides a space for children to develop spatial awareness.
You can find out more details about these areas on the Centennial Parklands Foundation website: www.yourparklands.org.au/wild_play