New games trail at Botanic Gardens Open Day

26 May 2017

The city’s first Indigenous games trail will be launched at the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens Open Day on Sunday 28 May.

The open day, part of National Botanic Gardens Open Day, will offer free activities, guided walks, bush food displays, workshops and plant sales. The event will begin with a community planting at 10am.

Mayor Tom Tate urged residents who had not discovered the Botanic Gardens yet to head out to Benowa on Sunday for a day of free fun.

“The Botanic Gardens is one of our most prized parks and our shaded, toddler-friendly playground is especially designed for adventure and imagination,” he said.

“It gives children a unique, natural play experience that is different to a conventional playground.

“And the new Kaialgumm Games Trail will give people a special insight into our Indigenous heritage.”     

The Kaialgumm Games Trail gives people the chance to try traditional games that were played by Indigenous children in many different parts of Australia.

Most of these games were played to help children learn skills they needed later in adult life - hunting, fighting and looking after children.

The word “kaialgumm” comes from the local Yugambeh language of the Gold Coast. The “kaialgumm” was traditionally the chief in hunting.

Gold Coast Botanic Gardens has more than five kilometres of paths and boardwalks to explore through shaded groves, gardens and lagoons.

Cr Tate said the 2016 parks survey validated the community’s love of the City’s parks.

“Master planned, destination parks like the Botanic Gardens rated highly in the survey,” said Cr Tate.

“We’re investing $77.3 million into parks, maintaining and protecting our open public spaces and creating new parks for everyone to enjoy.”

The Botanic Gardens Open Day runs from 10am – 2pm. Entry is free and parking available on site at 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa.

To find out more on the open day visit www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/botanicgardens

Information on the Kaialgumm Games Trail: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/kaialgumm-games-trail-30369.html

 

Media contact: Warwick Sinclair

Phone: 0424 778 573

 

New games trail at Botanic Gardens Open Day photo