Yarrabilba’s Darlington Parklands

Design Feature
Type of Project
Infrastructure, Playground
State
Queensland
Location
Regional

The Yarrabilba Priority Development Area in Logan City was declared by the Queensland Government on 8 October 2010. Darlington Parklands is the first district park to be delivered by Lendlease as part of a new master-planned community. On completion, Yarrabilba will be home to more than 45,000 people living in more than 17,000 dwellings. Additionally, a town centre, business and industrial park, 11 schools and a wide range of community, sporting and recreational facilities will be co-located. Lendlease’s vision for Yarrabilba aims to fuse the beauty of the natural environment with the convenience of a modern urban community, providing places to live, learn, work and play.

Building a sense of place

As part of their commitment to the Queensland Government, Lendlease constructed Darlington Parklands within the initial precinct of Yarrabilba, with the park opening in January 2014.

Early delivery of this signature park created an awareness of the project and acted as a drawcard to bring visitors to Yarrabilba as well as providing a sense of place for the new and emerging community. The park was designed to grow and evolve with Yarrabilba, meeting community needs and desires and creating opportunities for a diverse range of outdoor uses. It was also planned as an intensive multipurpose amenity providing facilities for all age groups. 

Early delivery of this signature park created an awareness of the project and acted as a drawcard to bring visitors to Yarrabilba as well as providing a sense of place for the new and emerging community. The park was designed to grow and evolve with Yarrabilba, meeting community needs and desires and creating opportunities for a diverse range of outdoor uses. It was also planned as an intensive multipurpose amenity providing facilities for all age groups. 

Darlington Parklands generates a sense of place through the provision of community spaces.
Darlington Parklands generates a sense of place through the provision of community spaces.

With planning based on a comprehensive review of established major parks together with community input, Darling Parklands has many key features. These include a water play area, distinct play spaces to cater for children of all ages and abilities, a boardwalk and wetland area, outdoor fitness equipment, a multi-purpose basketball court, large public open spaces, BBQ facilities and shelters and a bespoke market square.

A community event at Darlington Parklands.
A community event at Darlington Parklands.

Intertwined with these physical elements are sensory experiences to help promote childhood development, such as the balance beams set among lemon myrtle trees which will eventually grow to form a challenging ‘maze’ for kids or the xylophone musical wall within the toddler play area. In addition, the clever design of the parklands includes a significant corridor of retained vegetation, creating a strong connection to the natural environment from the outset and a beautiful backdrop to the range of spaces and facilities.

Public art pieces, including a mural created by the community, have been incorporated into the parklands to further generate a sense of place in the area. There is also a community noticeboard helping to make Darlington Parklands a central place to activate and connect the local community to all the events, initiatives and activities available to them.

The thoughtful design and physical elements of Darlington Parklands make it a focal point and destination for the community, with many community focused events now held regularly at this central location. Darlington Parklands is also a short walk on Yarrabilba’s ever-expanding path network to the first community garden located at the nearby Shaw Street Ovals. 

The park was designed to grow and evolve with Yarrabilba, meeting community needs and desires and creating opportunities for a diverse range of outdoor uses.
The park was designed to grow and evolve with Yarrabilba, meeting community needs and desires and creating opportunities for a diverse range of outdoor uses.

Project Team 

  • Lendlease
  • Economic Development Queensland
  • Logan City Council
  • Yarrabilba Community Association
  • Creative Collective Cultural Community Inc.

Project Cost 

Approximately $5 Million

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