TOOWOOMBA is abuzz with the imminent opening of the Magical Witch's Forest playground at Picnic Point, but every fairytale needs a hero.
While local princesses and brave knights will be queuing to live out the adventure when the park opens on Friday, December 14, they will have to wait until January to have a house of their own.
Known as "Old Smithy" the second structure features a quaint tree-house feel complete with a precisely engineered slide for a fast exist when marauders approach.
"Each piece of Spielart equipment is hand carved and unique, it's made of super tough Robinia timber and designed to cope with all the punishment kids (and the weather) can throw at it," said Jeff Wilson from Playrope, the Australian distributor of the German-designed playgrounds.
"But it's more than that, Spielart is imagination brought to life, it's designed to be fun, quirky, off beat and imaginative.
"And the kids can't resist it. In fact, I think most adults will be hoping they can play too!
"Toowoomba Regional Council is leading the charge to create playgrounds that appeal to modern kids, get them off the couch and into the fresh air.
"They really should be applauded for their dedication to creating attractions that make playgrounds fun."
Magical Witch Forest grows at Picnic Point
11.06am: It's quirky, bewitching and the first of its kind in Australia, but most importantly it looks an absolute ton of fun.
A new set of play equipment is currently being installed at Heller Street Park and it promises to be "something out of the box".
Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said with school holidays and the Christmas break just around the corner, the popular park (near Picnic Point) is sure to see some inquisitive visitors.
"The equipment is made by Spielart, a company based in Muhlgasse, Germany, which has been producing adventure play since 1991," Cr Englart said.
It was sourced through PlayRope (an Australian playground company).
"These products are made of Robinia, which is a hardwood - so they're strong, secure and can certainly take anything the young ones want to throw at it.
"The equipment will be around for a long, long time so the children of today's children will still be playing on it years to come."
Cr Englart said every piece was unique as all playgrounds were hand made from natural timber.
"It can take up to 16 weeks to make one unit, so we certainly have a unique attraction to unveil just before Christmas," she said.
"We're just putting the finishing touches to it and, weather permitting, should have it open on Friday, December 14. I'm sure the kids will have a great time."
Cr Englart said the equipment was called "Magical Witch Forest" and another installation "Old Smithy" was to be erected once it arrived in January.
"It's very distinctive and we can all take great pride that this is the first playground of this type to go into any Australian park," Cr Englart said.
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