Kids help create new adventure park in Creekwood
  • Wednesday 11 October 2017
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A new nature-themed adventure park featuring artwork created by 600 local students has been officially opened at Creekwood in Meridan Plains.

The new park was opened on October 10 by Division 3 Cr Peter Cox and the AVJennings Queensland team.

AVJennings teamed up with students at nearby Meridan State College to add colour and site specific installations to the new playground, which is part of a new, two hectare park and wetlands corridor located off Capricorn Crescent.

Cr Cox said it was great to see this latest park being personalised with the local students’ artwork.

“As a result of having their artwork included in the park design, I’m certain the students will take great ownership and develop a real sense of pride in playing here,” Cr Cox said.

“Clearly AVJennings have delivered a unique and visually appealing park for not only Creekwood residents to enjoy, but for the neighbouring areas as well. It’s brilliant.

The new adventure park focuses on nature play using trees, logs and rocks as part of a kid-friendly obstacle playground.

Prep pupils used their painted hands to decorate pavers, while older children create unique artwork on rocks and tiles.

AVJennings National Sales Manager Tony Creighton said the new Creekwood Adventure Park had been decorated by local kids, for local kids.

"We really want local children to have a sense of ownership and pride when visiting the park, so we have designed an art program that will create a lasting legacy for students and their families," Mr Creighton said.

"The new playground will encourage kids to get back to nature and discover 'old fashioned' play by climbing trees, balancing along logs and swinging through nets.

"Playground favourites including a giant Gyro swing, swings and rope climbing structures have been installed, however the majority of equipment is made from natural materials to create a totally unique play experience.”

Meridan State College Visual Art teacher Pia Manttan said more than 600 students from prep through to year 12 were involved in the art project.

"Our students have loved this creative process, which included taking the hand and foot prints from all 160 preps, the creation of 300 faces on ceramic discs and the colourful portrayals of fish on 200-plus pebbles," she said.