Wagga children are in for a treat as the council breaks with tradition to bring a new playground with a twist for the botanic gardens.
The new native garden section of the Entwine project is nearing the construction phase where a nature play space is expected to be a drawcard.
The playground features logs, rocks and mulch to climb and crawl along, which comes in stark contrast to the traditional plastic playgrounds built across the city.
Wagga parent Jenny Storrier, who has two young daughters, said it shows "real innovation, a forward thinking" with many families, like her own, seeking out these natural spaces, which are typically only offered in metropolitan areas.
Beside the fact that they look more appealing, Mrs Storrier said these playgrounds offered a lot more diversity than just slides, swing sets and steps.
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"When we travel out of Wagga, we do try and seek out these types of playgrounds rather than just the standard, but if they were able to put little playgrounds in different areas that would encourage outdoor play, which is really important for children," she said.
Mrs Storrier said she appreciates a move away from plastic playground equipment, which could not always be used, especially at the height of summer.
"You can't take your kids there anyway because it is just too hot to go on the slides, whereas if you have wooden things to climb up and tactile things, they're learning balancing skills and confidence with climbing," she said.
Wagga council's project manager Thomas Lemerle said the ethos has been a natural play space for this project with the addition of a new spidergon playground, as well as rock walls and batters.
"We're going to put in a lot of endemic species, we're going to put in a lot of flowering species, really bring some colour back to the space, a lot of big shade trees, things that are suitable to the Wagga climate and will grow really well," he said.
Although the thick stand of bamboo near the Brolga Pond will be removed, Mr Lemerle said they intend to create a bamboo tunnel from the material that holds special memories for many couples in Wagga.
"The history associated with those bamboo plants will not be lost. We will use lengths of some of those stems featuring names and dates to create a bamboo tunnel for kids to crawl along at the native playground," he said.
The works to revitalise sections of the botanic gardens are on track for completion in September this year.