Snakes and ladders come to Edwardstown

Find out about a playground with an unusual theme.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.


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A playground in Edwardstown has been given a unique $220,000 makeover based on a snakes and ladders theme.

The Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground play area has been revamped to include a three-metre long concrete snake rendered with coloured pebbles for children can climb on, log balance beams, swings, a maze made from railway sleepers and a slide.

A new multipurpose sports court that can be used for netball, basketball and soccer has been installed along with a sand play area, junior climbing frame, water pump, log balance beams and chalk board wall.

City of Marion landscape architect Peter Semple said the playground had been designed to encourage repeated visits from children and families.  

“The playground is based on nature play and uses different heights of equipment made from natural materials to make it exciting for kids so they keep coming back for more,” Mr Semple said.   

“A timber artist created carved totems a bench and log balance beams.  

“Local families helped develop the concept at community consultation sessions in June last year, after which detailed designs were created.”

Construction began in July this year and was completed in November.

Designs for further work at Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground, including improvements to lighting and the velodrome, are expected to begin later this year. The work is part of a planned $650,000 overhaul of the site which is being funded by the City of Marion, the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure and the Office for Recreation and Sport.

Plympton Oval playground has received a $140,000 revamp, including new climbing and toddler play stations, swings, picnic table and landscaping. Shade sails have been installed over the play equipment.



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