What is the essence of an adventure playground? In 2006 FaCSIA commissioned a report – Australian Government Funded Adventure Playgrounds – Physical and Service Guidelines.
The report stated that adventure playgrounds differ from public playgrounds for the following reasons:
- They are only open at certain times – after school from 3.00pm -6.00pm and on weekends and school holidays.
- Children are supervised at all times the playground is open.
- Generally there is less emphasis on the provision of manufactured play equipment.
- There is a greater emphasis on creative, social and cognitive play types. This could be through unstructured experimental play or through the delivery of structured activities.
- Activities with greater elements of risk are acceptable and encouraged within the boundaries of a safe community space.
- They provide an increased level of engagement with the community and family.
- They are often referred to as communal backyards.
- They often have a haphazard, uncoordinated appearance – children actively participate in building structures.
Cubbies at the corner of Condell and Young Street Fitzroy. Opposite Fitzroy Police Station and Sacred Heart Primary School.