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New shade sails for Pod Playground

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Work will start today on the installation of new shade sails at the Pod Playground at the Arboretum, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“The Pod Playground is very popular with families that visit the Arboretum and extra shade structures above the seating around the playground will be a great addition to help make these rest areas more pleasant for carers at all times of the day, particularly during the warmer summer months,” says Mr Rattenbury.

“The shade structures will also help protect the seating itself from sun exposure which can increase its lifespan and reduce maintenance costs.

“The new shade structures have been designed to match the style of the existing playground structures which were inspired by the natural environment. They will be constructed in the shape of a leaf from a light steel frame and will be installed above the current seating.

“This work follows on from the installation of gates at the playground in March as well as a drinking refill station in April.  Work on the shade structures is expected to be completed in early June 2015.

The Pod Playground will need to close for a day or two when the shade structures are lifted in using a crane. Advance notification will be given via the Arboretum’s website at

Minister Rattenbury also announced the National Arboretum Canberra saw 78,983 visitors pass through the Village Centre over April, the highest monthly intake of visitors since it opened in February 2013.

“There is no doubt the Arboretum has developed into one of Canberra’s major attractions and the record number of visitors last month demonstrates how popular it is.

“The figure of 78,983 includes visitors who passed through the Village Centre, meaning total visitor numbers for April were actually even higher when taking into consideration after-hours function guests or those only visiting the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion.

“Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015, was the biggest day recorded in April, with 9,129 visitors at the Village Centre. Over the Easter weekend during the first week of the holidays, the National Arboretum became an outdoor classroom, with bonsai workshops and a kite making sessions proving to be very popular.

“The Arboretum usually attracts around 40,000 people per month and has received visitors from all over the world as far as the Republic of Macedonia, South Africa and Argentina.

“I encourage people, particularly those who haven’t had a chance to visit yet, to go and take a look at the Arboretum. Autumn is a great time to visit the Arboretum, with the changing leaves and great views over our beautiful city.”

Source: Media release from Office of Shane Rattenbury MLA


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