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The City of Swan will be installing pop up play spaces in Bullsbrook and Ballajura during the next two months.

Popular pop up play spaces return

THE City of Swan will be installing pop up play spaces in Bullsbrook and Ballajura during the next two months, continuing the popular community initiative.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said non-traditional playgrounds contributed to the wellbeing and development of young community members.

“Unstructured play has been proven to help develop curiosity, confidence, imagination and problem solving skills in children,” he said.

“The city provides simple, everyday materials including tyres, logs, cable drums and planks – nearly all of which have been recycled – to create unconventional and freeform play spaces in our parks and reserves.

“These spaces are designed to encourage kids to be creative and experimental with things they might not normally interact with, while gradually allowing them to build resilience by introducing some risk.”

Ballajura ward councillor John McNamara said he was impressed that the initiative also provided some environmental benefits.

“One person’s waste can be another person’s treasure, and this is clear in the way children are interacting with materials that otherwise might be considered junk,” he said.

“When the pop up play spaces relocate, the same materials are able to be reused over and over – so it also remains a low cost initiative.”

The pop up play spaces will run at Brearley Park, Bullsbrook and Kingfisher Reserve, Ballajura from Friday, May 5 to Monday, June 26, 2017.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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