Children can now climb, play and explore at Callan Park thanks to a pop-up nature play space open throughout the summer school holidays.

The temporary play space has been developed and installed by leading nature play experts from Centennial Parklands to stimulate play and encourage connection to the natural world and the history of Callan Park.

Key features of the playground include log circles and a labyrinth, an obstacle course, sensory trail, cubby house village, climbing tree and a rope labyrinth.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the delivery of the play space follows community consultation and collaboration across parklands.

“We have listened to community feedback calling for a play place in Callan Park and are excited to have worked with the experts at Centennial Parklands to delivery this interactive play space for the summer holidays,” Mr Stokes said.

“This is not your conventional playground. It is real out-of-the-box thinking to get our kids thinking creatively and collaboratively by connecting to the natural world.

“We’re creating parks for people and, in this case, exciting new facilities for the growing number of families who are calling the Inner West home.”

The NSW Government has committed an initial $14 million to implement a Landscape Structure Plan to transform Callan Park into an iconic urban parkland for Sydney, and a playground at Waterfront Drive Sports Field is a key part of the Plan.

Greater Sydney Parklands Chief Executive Suellen Fitzgerald said during consultation on the Landscape Structure Plan the community provide feedback they wanted to see play space at Callan Park

“COVID lockdowns have demonstrated how important play spaces in our parks are, for kids of all ages, and it’s great to be able to provide one at Callan Park for the first time,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

“We encourage families to visit the temporary play space and provide feedback on what they find valuable so we can work together to deliver more permanent facilities.”

The pop-up play space will be open from Saturday 18 December until the end of the summer school holidays.

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