$1.5 million playground takes shape at Ipswich shopping centre

A new $1.5 million mega-playground is taking shape at Orion Springfield Central.

Construction began this week on what promises to be one of the region’s most exciting children’s play areas.

The centrepiece of the playground, which is being built by centre owners Mirvac on land owned by Ipswich City Council, will be a mammoth three-storey climbing tower and giant slide.

It will be accompanied by inbuilt trampolines, an inclusive merry-go-round, custom parkour inspired obstacle course and swings.

Orion Springfield Central manager Melissa Crittenden said it would be a transformational project for the community.

“We have listened to the kids as well as the mums, dads and grandparents in our community to ensure the new space delivers the best possible experience for everyone,” she said.

“The centrepiece of this innovative play space is a custom built 11m tower.

“The slide from the top of the tower rewards little adventurers, while the 16m walkway offers children a new elevated vantage point to engage with the space around them.”

Ms Crittenden said inclusion was at the heart of the playground’s design, which will include equipment that is wheelchair and disability friendly.

“It was really important to Mirvac that our investment would bring joy to all in our community which is why we have ensured that there is a range of play equipment suitable for all ages and abilities including a dedicated toddler area, wheelchair friendly equipment and of course plenty of shade and seating for the parents,” she said.

Urban Play is behind the playground’s design, with managing director Ben Urban saying it would set a benchmark in providing a unique open space that encourage children to experience free play outdoors.

“The play space not only encourages children to challenge themselves and get active, but it also provides opportunity for parents to get involved and play alongside their children,” he said.

The playground is expected to open in June 2019.

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