Playground a step closer
AN ADVENTURE playground in a natural setting might become a reality thanks to the efforts of two Whitsunday mums.
Kellie Chart and Lisa Christofersen have been thinking outside the plastic-coloured box and took their concepts of rope pyramids, flying foxes and suspension bridges to Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC) last year. Much to the delight of these mums, Council was receptive to the proposal and has asked for an estimated cost.
"They (council) told us to get costings together for our ideas but the people who were helping us with that couldn't really do it without a location confirmed," Ms Chart said.
Prior to Christmas, Council again made contact with the mums, suggesting a meeting at the site of the new botanical gardens in Cannonvale.
Ms Chart said she could hardly believe it when Council's representatives proposed a section of land next to the first stage of the botanical gardens as a suitable location for the playground of their dreams.
"It's perfect. It's a natural environment and that's exactly what we wanted," she said.
"We'd love it to be a part of the botanical gardens (overall scheme)."
Ms Christofersen said Council's enthusiasm "couldn't have been any better". "They just totally embraced it and were excited about it," she said.
Both women hope the playground will in some way honour the memory of Lisa Christofersen's son Logan Wells, who lost a battle with childhood cancer.
"I do keep thinking about what Logan loved to play on and the playgrounds he always wanted to go back to were the ones that were challenging," Ms Christofersen said.
With a location now confirmed the ladies are concentrating on finalising designs and determining how much the project is likely to cost. Potential sponsors or anyone wanting to become involved can contact firstname.lastname@example.org