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Berry Sport and Recreation introduces nature play

July 2016

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has announced that 2016-17 Budget funding will allow a new Nature Play Area to be developed at the Berry Sport and Recreation Centre.

“The Nature Play Area is the concept of Berry Sport and Recreation staff who have spent many years considering the best elements that enable children to have inspiring, challenging and adventurous playtimes,” Mr Ward said.

“The large two hectare dedicated natural play space will allow children to explore and play in a natural setting without the aid of traditional off-the-shelf playground equipment or ‘soft fall’ surfacing underfoot.

“The Stage 1 works to be constructed this year will enhance the existing creek to create a watercourse with boulders and bridges for children to explore and play,” Mr Ward said.

Art Lidbetter, Program Coordinator at Berry Sport and Recreation Centre, said the Nature Play Area will provide children the freedom to explore, play with water and mud, scramble over rocks, boulders and tree trunks as part of imaginative play.

“The 20,000 square metre site, which is currently a grassy paddock, will be transformed with different landscaping that will provide various experiences and challenges for the kids while also producing valuable habitat for the flora and fauna of the area.

“We collaborated with local architect Annette Pust and landscape artist Penny Sadubin to develop a Master Plan with stage 1 to be constructed this year, and the entire plan to be implemented over the next few years,” Mr Lidbetter said.

Both women live in Gerringong with their young families and love exploring the natural environment with their children, providing a wealth of personal experience to draw on.