Lions Park

Design Feature
Type of Project
Local Government Initiative
Location
Regional
State
Queensland

The Lions Park redevelopment in Gladstone is the result of a collaboration between Playscape Creations, JW Concepts, HNK and Gladstone Regional Council.

Appealing to the senses 

The project included the development of a playscape, which was designed with a particular focus on sensory engagement and encourages people of all abilities to play together. The park is split into seven sections, each focused on a different sense, and was officially opened to the public in December 2017. 

Gladstone Regional Council received funding approval of $3,318,716 (excluding GST) under the State Government's Works for Queensland program for the construction/equipment components of the redevelopment of Lions Park. In addition, in its 2016/17 budget, Council made an allocation for this project of $225,000 for design, planning, coordination, preparation, project management and approvals.

Every aspect of this park is unique with special elements that engage and inspire children to test their limits and challenge their abilities
Every aspect of this park is unique with special elements that engage and inspire children to test their limits and challenge their abilities

On 29 April 2015, Council held an initial community meeting with key stakeholders on site to determine community desires and expectations for the future of the park. This meeting delivered a list of community requests which were listed and prioritised during construction.

The development of Lions Park in Gladstone was guided by the following objectives:

  • Explore the interplay of industry and nature as narrative.
  • Explore industrial elements of Gladstone as a regional centre and a port town.
  • Explore how play can link the incongruent relationship between industry and nature.
  • Allowing opportunity to explore this interplay with sculptural and functional play structures.

Gladstone has a strong industrial history, so the overall form is based on cogs’ interaction with each other and providing islands of play and recreation space connectivity. Every aspect of this park is unique with special elements that engage and inspire children to test their limits and challenge their abilities.

The overall design incorporates sensory features.  At night there is the addition of motion activated lighting and misting allowing for increased use of this destination playspace.

Design strategies were also incorporated to enhance the passive surveillance and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles, and to minimise the complexity of maintenance and long-term costs in order to hand over a high-quality asset to Gladstone Regional Council at the end of the project.

At night there is the addition of motion activated lighting and misting allowing for increased use of this destination playspace
At night there is the addition of motion activated lighting and misting allowing for increased use of this destination playspace

The project was ultimately delivered by JM Kelly Constructions, the principal contractors for civil and construction work on site, under the project management of HNK. Playscape Creations were also contracted to work collaboratively, providing the Artistic Playground and Sensory items, and help ensure an uninterrupted project delivery.

The Lions Park redevelopment provides new opportunities for the area such as:

  • Developing a sense of place via a connection to the natural edge of Police Creek, which has historical cultural significance for local Indigenous groups.
  • Providing connection and establishing interface, commercial and park user zones . Opportunities to link an external activity with the park design.
  • Links through the park connecting existing formal and informal paths to create a narrative through the park that connects active, passive, natural, formal and informal spaces.
  • Identifying nodal areas that can create opportunities and improve access and encourage multi-use of areas.
  • Seating that allows engagement and enjoyment of the active, passive, natural, formal and informal spaces.
  • View corridors through the park to natural areas such as significant trees and Police Creek.

Project Team

  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Playscape Creations
  • JW Concepts
  • HNK Project Management
  • McMurtrie Consulting Engineers
  • Property Technologies
  • JM Kelly Constructions
  • Local stakeholders

Project Cost 

Approximately $3.5 million

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