The new play area at Heathcote Kindergarten was opened on Friday.By Barbara Sungaila
Wet weather could not dampen the happy mood at the official opening of the new playground at Heathcote kindergarten on Friday.
Parents and friends gathered to celebrate as children tried out the new equipment.
City of Greater Bendigo public space design co-ordinator Aaron Lindsay said the new play area would provide a variety of active, sensory and imaginative play experiences.
‘‘A colourful snake path, created out of rubber soft fall weaves around a large sand pit, timber decking, a play bridge and a teepee cubby house,’’ Mr Lindsay said.
‘‘A timber seating platform has been constructed in the shade of an existing tree and a range of scented and textured plants will provide shade and colour later in the year.’’
There is also a slide, platform and fireman’s pole with the option for further add-on play equipment in the future.
Loddon Mallee Preschool Association early years manager Belinda Schultz said the Volunteer Parent Committee was to be congratulated on its fundraising efforts.
‘‘They worked very hard to ensure the new play facilities could be built and have been squirreling money away from various projects over many years,’’ Mrs Schultz said.
‘‘The old playground at the preschool was past its use-by date but City of Greater Bendigo officers, our staff and parents all worked together to come up with a modern but natural design.
‘‘The end result is perfect and just what we had hoped for; it is wonderful that such an amazing play space is available to the Heathcote community and we look forward to observing how children will explore it in the years to come.’’
The Heathcote Volunteer Parent Committee contributed $50,000 to the overall project, while the City of Greater Bendigo contributed $25,000.
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