Lochiel Park Green Village
South Australia | Urban
The client brief was to develop a ‘Neighborhood Destination Park’ with unique, high quality embellishments and design merit for the local community. Extensive research into ‘disability needs’ and education of community leaders into the appropriate level and breadth of disability needs was conducted which led to a design response that featured a layering of activity intensity. The playground includes six zones of play; the Swing zone, the Cozy Dome zone, the Smart Play® zone, two ground level play zones, and the Netplex® zone. Each of these zones offers a different type of play experience and can promote activity and social inclusion in children, which is crucial in developing overall wellbeing.
Inter-generational interaction is encouraged by providing multiple shady informal and formal seating areas around the playground, signage information to share, and a park website that encourages discussions around aspects of the park. People with disability are catered for with generous path widths, accessible slopes and intersections, and signage announcing to all users the values of the park for people with a wide range of disability.
The facility includes shady gardens and intimate hollows with stands to trees, providing quiet contemplative spaces next to existing homes. The park additionally features the open ‘field of dreams’ for structured and unstructured active play. Furthermore, key facilities such as playgrounds, shelters, bike racks, barbeques, and bubblers have been integrated into the design to allow for a destination that meets the physical, recreational and social needs of the community.
The project brief was to provide an exciting destination park that could compete with other recently established parks in the region. Research identified that ‘all abilities’ was not well catered for and there was no ‘senses’ park in particular. Therefore, the concept was developed to provide a park with these unique aspects. The concept was initially taken to the Pelican Waters Development for approval before being passed to Sunshine Coast Council where the design was approved for construction.
The approval documentation was developed into construction packages and supply tenders. Civil construction documentation was reviewed for conflicts and opportunities including existing sewer and storm water that reduced the areas available for installation of structures. Further design development refinements were undertaken as budgets were finalised and supply contracts were let for bespoke furniture, the Playscape Creations equipment, plants and other landscape elements. The parks work officially started in December 2014, was completed in November 2015 and handed over to council in November 2016.