Sunday, August 12, 2012

Where's the park gone?

Our sleepy town has less than 800 residents... when we moved in 5 months ago there was a quaint little wooden park with a swing, fort and slide. Our council decided that it was old and dangerous and Miss Daisy and I walked up three weeks ago to find this...

Miss Daisy was quite concerned that our park had disappeared! As was I. We hung around for awhile and enjoyed the sun and dirt... then sadly left with our question unanswered... "Where's the park gone?"
This prompted phone calls to council, meetings with neighbours (some we hadn't met before) and 3 weeks on we've chosen a new $24,000 park! Eeep! Pretty good considering at the first phone call we were told it would be replaced with a single park bench as they "didn't think anyone would notice!" Take that!

Can't wait to show you once it's complete! We'll be keeping this gem as our little secret I think!

Daisy's Daddy and I have been planning and sketching design ideas for a large playground in our yard since moving here. At first we thought we'd include traditional equipment like a cubby, swings and a slide as well as incorporating some natural components like stepping stones and climbing logs to complement the natural bush setting.

Now that we'll have a fabulous modern playground only 50 metres up the road we've decided to keep it a bit more natural and leave out play equipment like you'd find at the park.

Here are some of the thing we're planning to include...

- Dry creek bed
- Wooden bridge over creek bed
- Tractor tyre filled with sand
- Wooden logs for climbing
- Stepping stones
- Digging garden
- Daisy patch (small flower garden for the girls to play in)
- Wooden balance beam

I would love to hear your ideas on what you think we should include. If you have a blog post or a pinterest board with inspiration for outdoor play leave me a link in the comments section so I can visit!

Look forward to sharing our progress with you! That is once we have a free weekend up our sleeve!

Here's a snapshot of a day in the life of Miss Daisy at the moment... her favourite movie now is Ice Age 3!! She LOVES the dinosaurs!
For a family without commerical television (5 months and going strong!) we seem to have watched our fair share of DVD's in the last 8 weeks... I wonder why that could be!?

But we've also gone to see 'our waterfall' over and over again - she loves to bushwalk. We've played with friends AND we've mastered riding the trike down the driveway and carrying it up again!

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on outdoor play! :)