Hamilton Hill: new nature playground opens at Dixon Park

Children playing on the new nature playground at Dixon Park.

Children playing on the new nature playground at Dixon Park.
Children playing on the new nature playground at Dixon Park. Children playing on the new nature playground at Dixon Park.

A NATURE playground has opened at Dixon Park, with a log tree house, wooden climbing equipment and water features.

The initial proposal, received by council last year, for the play area was for a ready-made plastic playground.

Dixon Park Friends, supported by the Hamilton Hill Community Group (HHCG), asked council to consult the community before passing the motion.

Consultation showed residents did not want a plastic playground but rather a natural facility with more interesting and challenging equipment.

“There are lots of studies now that show these plastic playgrounds create children that don’t know how to deal with risks or challenges and they also don’t really support team play,” Dixon Park Friends sectary Jozina de Ruiter said.

“Natural play in the bush is the best but a playground that has challenging equipment and real life risks such as uneven surfaces teaches children how to problems solve and reduces risks of developing things such as anxiety and low confidence.”

The facility, surrounded by fruit trees and native bushes, took five months to build.

The City of Cockburn also upgraded the park’s Pump Track facilities in late August.

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