LOTS OF FUN: Zane Rays, 5, tries out the slide at the opening of the Woodburn Preschool playspace area.
LOTS OF FUN: Zane Rays, 5, tries out the slide at the opening of the Woodburn Preschool playspace area.

Woodburn Preschool transformed with new playground

WOODBURN Preschool has had a makeover in its playground and the winners are the kids.

After 12 months of planning, parents, staff, dignitaries and children got together for the opening of the play area at the preschool.

"When one little boy told us he didn't like the play area because there was nothing to climb, and that he needed to climb, we started putting ideas together for a new play area," staff worker Michelle Stanley-Jones said.

With the ideas and input from the children and the skills of landscape architect James Nash and landscaper Corey Thomson, the play area came to fruition.

PEAK-A-BOO: Benson Trustum (6), Miah-Bella Norman (5), Isabella Ries-Fraser (5), Oscar Healy at the Woodburn preschool playspace opening.
PEAK-A-BOO: Benson Trustum (6), Miah-Bella Norman (5), Isabella Ries-Fraser (5), Oscar Healy at the Woodburn preschool playspace opening. Samantha Elley

What was once a flat piece of grass has been turned into an area with a climbing castle, a teepee, a sandpit with boardwalk, a rammed earth cubby and even a bilge pump to help teach the children about water conservation into the mud pit.

"Actions speak louder than words and we will let the children make the final decision," preschool director Allyson Cuskelly said.

Once the plaque was unveiled by Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett, the children certainly made the decision to play in the new area with a definite thumbs-up.



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