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Local schools get creative with design elements for Glenthorne’s new nature play space

Find out more about the competition that inspired students at primary schools in Adelaide’s south to design elements for the new nature play space at Glenthorne.

The design process for Glenthorne’s new nature play space is well and truly underway, kicking off with a competition to gather ideas from local primary school students in May.

Seven primary schools in Adelaide’s southern suburbs were invited to participate in a design competition for the new nature play space at Glenthorne.

Students in years two to seven from Woodend, Sheidow Park, Happy Valley and Seacliff primary schools designed elements they would like to see incorporated in the new nature play space, using community feedback gathered from the 2019 community open days as a guide.

The students were also provided with a video which asked them to consider incorporating Kaurna culture, accessibility and aspects of park management into the design of their elements.

A total of 49 entries were received from the four schools that participated. The highly creative entries submitted by the students included drawings, physical models and videos.

The winning entry was submitted by Year 6 Seacliff Primary School student Georgie Hunt whose entry of an interactive play space for all ages and abilities in the shape of a wooden semi sphere incorporated a path for people with accessible needs, native plant species and Kaurna symbols.

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A selection of the competition entries, including Georgie Hunt's winning entry (left)

Entries were judged by a panel which included Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs, Kaurna Elder Lynette Crocker, Glenthorne Partnership member Kersten Stengel and National Parks and Wildlife Service Senior Project Coordinator Glenthorne National Park Jarrod Eaton.

All students will receive a certificate of participation to acknowledge their efforts. The winning student’s class will celebrate at Glenthorne with a plant propagation workshop and will also take home a prize pack from Nature Play SA, along with a copy of ‘Glenthorne – a Defining History & Indefinite Politics’.

The design elements will be provided to playground designers Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) for consideration and potential inclusion in the play space which is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

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