Scenic Rim’s littlest farmers are jumping for joy with the opening of their new tractor-themed playground Aratula, west of Brisbane. The tractor design captures the strong history of the Scenic Rim agricultural sector and opening day was fortuitously timed with a nationwide school “Adopt a Farmer” fundraiser so the theming became real as kids from the neighbouring school came to test drive the tractor!
The playground is full of action with two large tube slides, a crawling tunnel, talk tubes, climbing net, and plenty of activity panels. Large concrete wheels have been custom designed to provide more unconventional access adding additional challenge to reach the sliding reward. To complete the playspace an an all-abilities swing unit, spring play rockers and sandstone seating mean there’s something for everyone.
The students at Aratula State School were involved in a colouring competition which formed the visuals for the “seek and find” panel indicating activities around the Scenic Rim. Small medallions have been placed around the playground for children to complete the treasure hunt, and on the reverse side of the panel visitors learn a brief history of the playground’s location. The school will also utilise the playspace as part of their outdoor learning programme.
Moffatt Park is one of the latest play spaces to be opened under Council’s 10-year Playground Strategy which has seen the transformation of key recreational areas throughout the Scenic Rim, including DJ Smith Park at Canungra and Lions Park at Tamborine Mountain. Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said “In all our new playgrounds we have endeavoured to create spaces that are not only interesting and inviting for children but also styled to reflect the surrounding community,” Cr Christensen said. “We recognise the significant community value that these play spaces attract and promote by drawing visitors to our towns (and help) make our towns and villages a great place to live
and raise a family.”