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Acorns at the Arboretum

By OpenYourMind - 23 June 2013 22

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The new Acorn ‘Pod Playground’ opened today at the National Arboretum.

There was a great turn out of small people and accompanying parents. The park has a great variety of equipment for kids of all ages.

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Acorns at the Arboretum
sparrowitis 11:48 am 09 Jul 13

Bad Seed said :

I think they look awesome. What I am interested in knowing, from any Rioters who have been, is, I have older kids who still love playgrounds (11 and 13). Would there be anything in this for them or would they be knocking toddlers flying in their haste to check everything out? ie is it a multi-ages design or is it more suited to the younger crowd.

Your question shows a depth of parental responsibility, so I’m guessing your children would not be knocking toddlers around because you would be supervising them. This is not the case for many children showing up in the thousands this school holidays. Their parents either aren’t watching, or have left them there to go and get a coffee. Why do they need to watch? Because this IS a challenging playground where small children can get hurt. It is left up to the parents of the small children to manage everybody else.

For example, the banksia huts are toddler-sized cubbies, with a baby slide and a sandpit. Clearly this area is designed with small children in mind. When it’s busy, they are literally crawling over each other. The huts are also very attractive for climbing by older children. It is easy to drop or slip down on the babies below. Worse though, is that the musical bamboo sticks between huts have been ripped off their wires from big kids swinging on them. The attitude among parents seems to be “when will THEY fix it?, not “I should stop my child doing that”.

Parts of the playground are being destroyed by the sheer weight of numbers (the climbing web is ripping out of the wall, the trampoline has been roped off because the bolts have been ripped out). I read that they are going to put up signs saying children must be supervised, and maybe an age limit, but that seems unfair on those who take care.

muntychops 9:03 pm 24 Jun 13

gooterz said :

Why don’t they make a playground for big kids though?

Agreed 🙂

gooterz 8:06 pm 24 Jun 13

Why don’t they make a playground for big kids though?

OpenYourMind 3:29 pm 24 Jun 13

Bad Seed said :

I think they look awesome. What I am interested in knowing, from any Rioters who have been, is, I have older kids who still love playgrounds (11 and 13). Would there be anything in this for them or would they be knocking toddlers flying in their haste to check everything out? ie is it a multi-ages design or is it more suited to the younger crowd.

Definitely stuff for littlies and the 3-10 range. The bigger structures I think would be ok for 11 to 13, but given the current popularity, they’d be a little crowded out by the 3-10yo set.

Bad Seed 2:41 pm 24 Jun 13

I think they look awesome. What I am interested in knowing, from any Rioters who have been, is, I have older kids who still love playgrounds (11 and 13). Would there be anything in this for them or would they be knocking toddlers flying in their haste to check everything out? ie is it a multi-ages design or is it more suited to the younger crowd.

Postalgeek 12:16 pm 24 Jun 13

OpenYourMind said :

Masquara said :

Meh – they are pretty much identical to the “managerialist, zero risk, insurance wary” playground equipment that replaced the monkey bars, open slides and other proper playground equipment in the 1980s, depriving kids of proper play. The only difference seems to be a bit of eco-hipster-boutique-trendoid cladding (hopefully the Arboretum has ensured said cladding is not from Australian or West Papuan old-growth forests).

You probably long for the days when babies used to ride in the car oh so safely in Mum’s lap, kid’s would play in their sturdy fort constructed of asbestos sheet and they’d come home to chow down on a nice warm bowl of thalidomide.

Don’t forget cuddling up in front of the open 3-bar electric heater in their proper highly flammable jimjams.

Rollersk8r 11:25 am 24 Jun 13

I was as skeptical as anyone about the arboretum – but have to say I’ve changed my mind. It’s good out there at the moment and will be truly great in years to come.

OpenYourMind 9:23 am 24 Jun 13

Masquara said :

Meh – they are pretty much identical to the “managerialist, zero risk, insurance wary” playground equipment that replaced the monkey bars, open slides and other proper playground equipment in the 1980s, depriving kids of proper play. The only difference seems to be a bit of eco-hipster-boutique-trendoid cladding (hopefully the Arboretum has ensured said cladding is not from Australian or West Papuan old-growth forests).

You probably long for the days when babies used to ride in the car oh so safely in Mum’s lap, kid’s would play in their sturdy fort constructed of asbestos sheet and they’d come home to chow down on a nice warm bowl of thalidomide.

LSWCHP 8:56 am 24 Jun 13

I think I might have to take the boys there, as justification for climbing through that stuff. 🙂

poetix 7:56 am 24 Jun 13

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.

Hamlet.

Looks like fun to me…

Masquara 10:48 pm 23 Jun 13

Meh – they are pretty much identical to the “managerialist, zero risk, insurance wary” playground equipment that replaced the monkey bars, open slides and other proper playground equipment in the 1980s, depriving kids of proper play. The only difference seems to be a bit of eco-hipster-boutique-trendoid cladding (hopefully the Arboretum has ensured said cladding is not from Australian or West Papuan old-growth forests).

gooterz 10:27 pm 23 Jun 13

benno1 said :

For the $3 Million pricetag it would want to be more than awesome! Yet another complete and utter waste of money from this government. Im sure $3M could have paid for hundreds of playgrounds around town.

It doesn’t seem so bad, $3million if it stays there and gets people back to Canberra. I’m sure if kids are happy then parents are happy so tourists make a return trip.

Canberra needs more attractions and not just ‘art’. This seems to be both.

Pity 9:25 pm 23 Jun 13

benno1 said :

For the $3 Million pricetag it would want to be more than awesome! Yet another complete and utter waste of money from this government. Im sure $3M could have paid for hundreds of playgrounds around town.

Expensive – Yes.
An utter waste of money – How ridiculous

Think of how many children and families will play on this equipment in the years to come. All of whom probably pay their fair share of taxes (parents obviously). Good-o to the ACT Government for commissioning something with such imagination. Kambah Park probably cost a fortune in the day and it’s still popular.

benno1 6:27 pm 23 Jun 13

For the $3 Million pricetag it would want to be more than awesome! Yet another complete and utter waste of money from this government. Im sure $3M could have paid for hundreds of playgrounds around town.

Jazz 2:04 pm 23 Jun 13

My son described this as crazy awesome, and i’d concur. It has to be one of the best designed playgrounds in Canberra with separate areas well thought out for children of different ages.

I think i saw more adults playing on the musical bridge than I did children, who were otherwise engaged in giant banksias or the huge acorns

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