National Arboretum playground getting some national attention

Barcham 5 July 2013 31

The imaginative playground at the Arboretum is getting some rather positive press from the Infolink Architecture & Design magazine.

The National Arboretum playground is a unique and inspiring experience for children, while meeting stringent safety standards.

Always nice to see local spaces looking good on the national stage.

Have a look at the full article, along with some fantastic shot of the playground here.


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KB1971 KB1971 9:07 pm 05 Jul 13

tuco said :

OMG – stand by for face melting when cyclists get going there on July 20.

Ahh yes, the first ever CX race. I have a CX bike, I was actually thinking of giving it a go. It would be fun!

justin heywood justin heywood 6:22 pm 05 Jul 13

Jim Jones said :

davo101 said :

Jim Jones said :

It’s the haven of latte-sipping, chardonnay-swillling, soy-milk-imbibing, chai-chugging effete-liberal-elites.

I’ve not actually been myself (too busy trying to finish all these drinks, I’m afraid).

Once you’ve done with those drinks there’s still the basket weaving and tofu munching to get through.

Not to mention all the gay weddings, communist protest rallies, boat smuggling and wasting YOUR TAX DOLLARS!!!

I dunno Jim, I haven’t seen too many accusations of latte- sipping against you. On the other hand, you don’t appear to be able to make a post without throwing in Alan Jones or Andrew Bolt.

Stupid, ignorant generalisations by either side of politics are still stupid and ignorant.

tuco tuco 4:52 pm 05 Jul 13

KB1971 said :

astrojax said :

KB1971 said :

dungfungus said :

KB1971 said :

I have to say, the Arboretum is surprisingly popular. I ride dairy farmers hill at lunch time quite a bit & the place is usually pretty busy, even this time of year.

The car park it always at least 1/2 full. I was originally skeptical about it and thought the money could be better spent elsewhere but when you see it being so popular it changes your view a bit.

I wasn’t aware that one could ride horses there. I concede that would be enjoyable.

Horses?

methinks dungfungus was riffing on your non-specific ‘ride’.

d-f is entirely strange and oblique: i immediatley assumed it was a camel myself…

Maybe, because I never talk about cycling or anything……… 😛

OMG – stand by for face melting when cyclists get going there on July 20.

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 4:42 pm 05 Jul 13

rosscoact said :

Mothy said :

dungfungus said :

My kids have grown up. So, what’s your point?

That its the same as the Discovery Playground at Tidbinbilla – you can get the kids enthusiasm up for going to these places by promising the park. They associate the place with the fun they had there. You can build on that to then include walks, sightseeing, etc.

You don’t just walk into the forest with a 2 year old and say “hey shit, how fuckin’ magnificent are trees eh?” – they’ll think you’re bonkers.

Scaffold the learning. Start SOMEWHERE. At least the hundreds of kids that were there at the weekend weren’t at home on the couch, zoning out to the ABC2 babysitting service.

You seem determined to talk the place down, and I was a skeptic myself, but now I’ve been there I am enjoying the idea of regular visits (particularly when the weather is better) to watch it grow as my munchkins do.

Why you feel the need to specify “the elite” I’ll never know, as it is open to all!

Dungers likes to find a black lining for any silver cloud. It’s a gift

“Every cloud has – how you say – silver lino”
– Effie, 1989

thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 4:35 pm 05 Jul 13

Deref said :

I took some visitors from Melbourne there last week, the first time I’d been. Gods, I wish I was going to be around in 50 or 100 years time – it’s going to be wonderful. The cafe complex is brilliant and the playground looked fabulous. What a superb gift to future generations.

+1.

And the park kicks kiddie ass.

bundah bundah 3:49 pm 05 Jul 13

KB1971 said :

astrojax said :

KB1971 said :

dungfungus said :

KB1971 said :

I have to say, the Arboretum is surprisingly popular. I ride dairy farmers hill at lunch time quite a bit & the place is usually pretty busy, even this time of year.

The car park it always at least 1/2 full. I was originally skeptical about it and thought the money could be better spent elsewhere but when you see it being so popular it changes your view a bit.

I wasn’t aware that one could ride horses there. I concede that would be enjoyable.

Horses?

methinks dungfungus was riffing on your non-specific ‘ride’.

d-f is entirely strange and oblique: i immediatley assumed it was a camel myself…

Maybe, because I never talk about cycling or anything……… 😛

Of course not,you’ve only mentioned cycling to work on about 10,000 occasions in the last few days 🙂

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:30 pm 05 Jul 13

davo101 said :

Jim Jones said :

It’s the haven of latte-sipping, chardonnay-swillling, soy-milk-imbibing, chai-chugging effete-liberal-elites.

I’ve not actually been myself (too busy trying to finish all these drinks, I’m afraid).

Once you’ve done with those drinks there’s still the basket weaving and tofu munching to get through.

Not to mention all the gay weddings, communist protest rallies, boat smuggling and wasting YOUR TAX DOLLARS!!!

KB1971 KB1971 3:15 pm 05 Jul 13

astrojax said :

KB1971 said :

dungfungus said :

KB1971 said :

I have to say, the Arboretum is surprisingly popular. I ride dairy farmers hill at lunch time quite a bit & the place is usually pretty busy, even this time of year.

The car park it always at least 1/2 full. I was originally skeptical about it and thought the money could be better spent elsewhere but when you see it being so popular it changes your view a bit.

I wasn’t aware that one could ride horses there. I concede that would be enjoyable.

Horses?

methinks dungfungus was riffing on your non-specific ‘ride’.

d-f is entirely strange and oblique: i immediatley assumed it was a camel myself…

Maybe, because I never talk about cycling or anything……… 😛

davo101 davo101 3:14 pm 05 Jul 13

Jim Jones said :

It’s the haven of latte-sipping, chardonnay-swillling, soy-milk-imbibing, chai-chugging effete-liberal-elites.

I’ve not actually been myself (too busy trying to finish all these drinks, I’m afraid).

Once you’ve done with those drinks there’s still the basket weaving and tofu munching to get through.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 2:51 pm 05 Jul 13

Ben_Dover said :

Jim Jones said :

That’s straight out of the Andrew Bolt, Piers Ackerman, Gerard Henderson playbook!

Always include a spray about the ‘liberal elite’ (preferably including some disparaging remarks about beverages – ‘latte sipping’, ‘chardonnay swilling’, etc.) and position yourself as a ‘real Australian’ in comparison (ignoring any, you know, facts).

Any thoughts on the arboretum Jim? 🙂

It’s the haven of latte-sipping, chardonnay-swillling, soy-milk-imbibing, chai-chugging effete-liberal-elites.

I’ve not actually been myself (too busy trying to finish all these drinks, I’m afraid). I’ve heard positive things about it though.

davo101 davo101 2:40 pm 05 Jul 13

astrojax said :

methinks dungfungus was riffing on your non-specific ‘ride’.

d-f is entirely strange and oblique: i immediately assumed it was a camel myself…

I was picturing a rocket.

beardedclam beardedclam 2:06 pm 05 Jul 13

dungfungus said :

Dilandach said :

dungfungus said :

The National Arboretum is turning into everything but an arboretum.
Why not let the kids loose in the forest rather than have them fantasize on architecturally acclaimed faux faunal playground equipment?
What next? A creche for the offspring of the elite?

What forest? Its basically a dustbowl with seedlings.

There is some mature remnant pine plantation that the 2001 (not 2003) bushfire didn’t consume and the cork plantation which has been draggoned into the development but the other exotic trees are years away from reaching even juvenile stage.
The White Cockatoos will soon descend and ravish the tasty treats. The Government will probably respond with a “Cocky Cull”.

AS IF Canberra will let anything be culled

Deref Deref 1:13 pm 05 Jul 13

I took some visitors from Melbourne there last week, the first time I’d been. Gods, I wish I was going to be around in 50 or 100 years time – it’s going to be wonderful. The cafe complex is brilliant and the playground looked fabulous. What a superb gift to future generations.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 1:03 pm 05 Jul 13

rosscoact said :

Dungers likes to find a black lining for any silver cloud. It’s a gift

Except when it comes to climate change, at which point he becomes an ardent pollyanna.

astrojax astrojax 12:58 pm 05 Jul 13

KB1971 said :

dungfungus said :

KB1971 said :

I have to say, the Arboretum is surprisingly popular. I ride dairy farmers hill at lunch time quite a bit & the place is usually pretty busy, even this time of year.

The car park it always at least 1/2 full. I was originally skeptical about it and thought the money could be better spent elsewhere but when you see it being so popular it changes your view a bit.

I wasn’t aware that one could ride horses there. I concede that would be enjoyable.

Horses?

methinks dungfungus was riffing on your non-specific ‘ride’.

d-f is entirely strange and oblique: i immediatley assumed it was a camel myself…

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 12:55 pm 05 Jul 13

Jim Jones said :

That’s straight out of the Andrew Bolt, Piers Ackerman, Gerard Henderson playbook!

Always include a spray about the ‘liberal elite’ (preferably including some disparaging remarks about beverages – ‘latte sipping’, ‘chardonnay swilling’, etc.) and position yourself as a ‘real Australian’ in comparison (ignoring any, you know, facts).

Any thoughts on the arboretum Jim? 🙂

KB1971 KB1971 12:48 pm 05 Jul 13

dungfungus said :

KB1971 said :

I have to say, the Arboretum is surprisingly popular. I ride dairy farmers hill at lunch time quite a bit & the place is usually pretty busy, even this time of year.

The car park it always at least 1/2 full. I was originally skeptical about it and thought the money could be better spent elsewhere but when you see it being so popular it changes your view a bit.

I wasn’t aware that one could ride horses there. I concede that would be enjoyable.

Horses?

rosscoact rosscoact 12:35 pm 05 Jul 13

Mothy said :

dungfungus said :

My kids have grown up. So, what’s your point?

That its the same as the Discovery Playground at Tidbinbilla – you can get the kids enthusiasm up for going to these places by promising the park. They associate the place with the fun they had there. You can build on that to then include walks, sightseeing, etc.

You don’t just walk into the forest with a 2 year old and say “hey shit, how fuckin’ magnificent are trees eh?” – they’ll think you’re bonkers.

Scaffold the learning. Start SOMEWHERE. At least the hundreds of kids that were there at the weekend weren’t at home on the couch, zoning out to the ABC2 babysitting service.

You seem determined to talk the place down, and I was a skeptic myself, but now I’ve been there I am enjoying the idea of regular visits (particularly when the weather is better) to watch it grow as my munchkins do.

Why you feel the need to specify “the elite” I’ll never know, as it is open to all!

Dungers likes to find a black lining for any silver cloud. It’s a gift

DrKoresh DrKoresh 12:30 pm 05 Jul 13

Jim Jones said :

Mothy said :

Why you feel the need to specify “the elite” I’ll never know, as it is open to all!

That’s straight out of the Andrew Bolt, Piers Ackerman, Gerard Henderson playbook!

Always include a spray about the ‘liberal elite’ (preferably including some disparaging remarks about beverages – ‘latte sipping’, ‘chardonnay swilling’, etc.) and position yourself as a ‘real Australian’ in comparison (ignoring any, you know, facts).

Don’t forget the sheer bloody-mindedness it takes to assume the standpoint of “Well I have no use for it, so it shouldn’t be there.”

Jim Jones Jim Jones 12:21 pm 05 Jul 13

Mothy said :

Why you feel the need to specify “the elite” I’ll never know, as it is open to all!

That’s straight out of the Andrew Bolt, Piers Ackerman, Gerard Henderson playbook!

Always include a spray about the ‘liberal elite’ (preferably including some disparaging remarks about beverages – ‘latte sipping’, ‘chardonnay swilling’, etc.) and position yourself as a ‘real Australian’ in comparison (ignoring any, you know, facts).

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