The City of Playford is an area of rich cultural diversity and will be one of the most dynamic growth areas in Adelaide over the next 30 years. The Town Park for the new residential suburb of Playford Alive, just north of Elizabeth, is a place where families and friends can come together and celebrate this culture – a space within which people from all backgrounds and age groups can gather and connect.
The major design components of the park include two nature inspired play spaces, a multi-use skate park, water play including the ‘Golden Wattle Creek’ (Munna Para Kaurna namesake), tiered lawns for sports and community events, multiple smaller lawns and contemplative gardens for more quiet family friendly activity. These spaces are woven together through a comprehensive path network which links back to the cornerstone of the site, the Stretton Centre – a multipurpose community use building incorporating a public library, education and office space which will be placed within a new town square.
The development of an integrated and intensive new park with extensive shade and opportunities for use by multiple groups at any one time ensures the space is actively used and a legible expression of the emerging community spirit in the area.
Concept Design, Design Development, Documentation, Contract Administration
Munno Para, SA, Australia
ASPECT Studios, Playce, Wallbridge and Gilbert, Lucid Consulting Engineers, Rider Levett Bucknall, ProAg Consuting, Hydroplan
2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards
Winner Public Playspaces Category C >$1m
2015 Awards for Planning Excellence SA – Commendation for Great Place
2015 AILA SA Awards – Design
Photography: Sarah Long, Ben Wrigley