Park has a sense of fun

CHILDREN can enjoy a new playground in the heart of Fairfield.

The council has transformed vacant open space into the Barbara Street children's playground, designed for preschoolers.

And it has something extra: a sensory garden with fresh herbs selected for their smell, colour and texture.

"It has been created to help stimulate all five senses," Fairfield Council's strategic policy and planning manager Amanda Bray said.

"Many studies have also found that sensory gardens have therapeutic value."

The playground also features play equipment, a grassed area and seating.

"This is something council is very proud to provide," Ms Bray said.

The playground is part of the council's open-space strategy which aims to identify suburbs with a lack of open space.

It is intended to complement existing facilities in nearby Nelson Street Park.

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