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If you’re looking for a new playground to explore, head up to St Ives and check out the huge all-inclusive play space. It has a great range of equipment and nature play experiences as well.

The exciting new playground – the largest ever built in the Ku-ring-gai area – opened to the public on Friday 11 December just in time for Christmas and the summer holidays. Its design was developed as a result of community consultation and aims to be as inclusive as possible for all children.

The NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment has partly funded the new playground through grants totalling almost $700,000.

It has distinct areas for very young children through to those aged 11-12 years. Some of the equipment features windmills and timber animal sculptures to reflect the showground’s agricultural history.

The nature play areas have timber, rocks and other natural materials intermingled with plants. The idea behind these spaces is that children can explore beyond play equipment and use their imaginations in play with other children.

Parents and carers aren’t forgotten with comfortable new seats installed, picnic tables and shelters, toilets, a bubbler and tap, bins, bike racks and information signs. The new amenities block contains a ‘Changing Places’ cubicle which is fully accessible for people with complex care needs.

Areas beyond the playground are benefiting from protection and staged regeneration of trees and other vegetation.

Ku-ring-gai Mayor Jennifer Anderson  officially opening the playground.

To find out more about St Ives Showground Playground, visit  www.krg.nsw.gov.auhttp://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/showground