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Centenary gift to Canberra's kids

The initial concept plan for the ‘‘boundless’’ National Children’s Playground features a forest glade, embankment slide, a play sculpture including climbing wall and cubby, water play, sensory garden and a maze.

However the community will get to have its say on the elements through a consultation phase.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced $50,000 seed funding this morning for the project, which has been driven by volunteer public servants with private sector support. It will be accessible for childrens of all ages and abilities.

The park, to be built in the National Triangle near the National Carillon in Kings Park, is the final project supported by the Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.

"Once completed, this will be an exciting new space for children and young people where there are no barriers to play or inclusion," the Ms Gallagher said.

"The Boundless playground will be a wonderful gift to Canberra in the Centenary year with a view to the first stage being opened during Children’s Week in October 2013."

Creative Director for the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer AO, said the all-abilities playground would be a legacy for Canberra children from the centenary year.

"Through its design, this playground will encourage children to appreciate the strengths each of us brings and will support children in realising their potential," Ms Archer said.

"This experience will foster attitudes in our children that promote inclusion and foster a more inclusive Australian society."