New adventure begins at CREEC

Published 5:00am 1 July 2024

New adventure begins at CREEC
Words by Jodie Powell

A unique playground has opened at the Caboolture Region Environment Education Centre (CREEC).

The $1.3 million nature-themed park blends nature-themed play with the surrounding environment, educational centre, and existing play space.

City of Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery says providing children and families opportunities to get active and learn about the natural wonders surrounding them is a priority.

“We’re fortunate to be surrounded by wildlife, amazing flora and three environment centres which are all ready to explore,” he says.

“These spaces provide substantial value to our community and provide visitors with free, educational, and most importantly, fun adventures.

“Accessibility and meaningful play elements were a focus for this project, and it was incredible to see families of all ages at the official opening of the playground.”

Focus on environment

New adventure begins at CREEC

Councillor Tony Latter (Div 12) says he’s delighted by the addition to CREEC.

“I am always excited when we can bring another affordable, fun day out option to our residents and being able to tie in the importance of protecting our environment is an enormous plus,” Cr Latter says.

SLR Consulting, who were the lead designers of the playground, aimed to create a harmonious relationship between fun and nature.

There’s a diverse range of new adventures that enhance the current playground experience, promote intergenerational interaction, and support educational opportunities.

Connecting with nature

New adventure begins at CREEC

Teaming with Urban Play to choose the perfect equipment to feed imaginations, Senior Play Consultant Nikita Burns says nature played an important role in the playground’s creation.

“Our goal was to create a nature playground that goes beyond the traditional ‘sticks and stones’ approach,” Ms Burns says.

“Working closely with SLR Consulting, each element was hand-picked to immerse children in nature and develop their physical, social, cognitive, and creative skills.

“This is the first playground of its kind in City of Moreton Bay, blending natural beauty with innovative play.”

Key features

New adventure begins at CREEC

Embankment play: Children can race to the top using climbing ropes and sandstone blocks.

At the peak, a macadamia nut-inspired play hut provides a playful hideout with a panoramic view of the park and two curvy slides that offer a fun and speedy descent.

Agility course: A fun way to promote movement through the playspace, featuring balancing and climbing activities, a swaying hammock for rest and totem poles decorated with local flora and fauna.

Additional play elements: The space includes in-ground trampolines, swings, sand play, and water play.

Accessibility: Interconnecting pathways throughout the space are ideal for strollers or scooters, ensuring access for everyone.

As well, there will be plenty of shade sails to protect visitors from the sun.

Plan your next adventure at CREEC and find more information on future upgrades by visiting the website.

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