Giant nests and towers to be installed in new Morialta playground today

News release
13 June 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Giant birds’ nests on towers made of recycled timber and weighing tens of tonnes are being installed in Morialta Conservation Park today in the next exciting stage of the construction of a huge nature-inspired adventure playground.

The nests and towers were transported to the park by two escorted, wide-load trucks from a Lonsdale warehouse where they were specially constructed by South Australian company Climbing Tree Creations.

Once at the park, a 90-tonne crane will position them into place.

The largest structure, dubbed the ‘eagle's perch’, reaches seven metres high and weighs around 15 tonnes.

Playground designers Peter Semple and Simon Hutchinson aimed to create all the structures from re-used or sustainable materials. Large logs for the structures came from an old bridge and large trees that blew down in storms. Timber was also sourced from Riverland mallee forests burnt by bushfires.

Environment Minister Ian Hunter said that not only is the playground situated in one of Adelaide’s iconic natural areas, the design was inspired by nature and its construction is almost entirely based around natural and sustainable materials.

“When the park is completed in August, it will become a magnet not just for the growing local population, but for families from all over Adelaide.

“This playground will transform a previously under utilised area of the park into a hub for happy families to spend a day out enjoying nature,” Minister Hunter said. 

The $900,000 adventure playground is part of a $10.4 million commitment by the State Government to expand opportunities to enjoy nature and the outdoors.

Eight parks across the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region are benefitting from major upgrades. Other parks receiving the upgrades include Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Para Wirra Conservation Park, Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, Onkaparinga River Parks, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park and Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

Playground designers have created an exciting design for the Morialta playground, featuring five themed play areas – Frog Island, Eagle’s Perch, Great Snake, Kookaburra Nests and Climbing Boulders, as well as paths, creek connections and climbing trees.

Over the next two months, builders will create a giant explorable snake tunnel, climbing rock walls and an island with Kaurna-inspired huts for kids to decorate with branches.

The playground is expected to be open by late August. Morialta Conservation Park is located 10 kilometres from the CBD and is visited by about 300,000 people annually. 

It’s an exciting time in Adelaide’s national parks, with more than $10m being spent on new facilities. Find out more.

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