The Darlington Parklands’ playground was developed to provide a diverse range of play experiences in a setting that responded to the broader landscape context of the site, a valley surrounded by the dramatic ridgeline of the Plunkett Conservation Park.
The design of the play space provides an environment for play that incorporates topography and utilises local stone to create play elements specific to this site.
The strategy of building a community by providing the public realm and play space upfront is already creating a sense of place and for the growing community.
The playspace includes:
- Toddler play area: Three interlinked ‘rooms’ were designed specifically for younger children to meet the developmental needs. The play rooms incorporate timber steps, a small stage, tunnels, a workbench, a xylophone, a place to look out from and a small slide.
- Rocky fort: Designed to provide challenges for children aged 4 – 8, the rocky fort includes a rope bridge, boulders, a log ladder, climbing wall, fireman’s pole and slide centred around a timber and stone fort.
- Water Play: The water play area was designed to maximise the water play experiences possible with a tight budget, concrete elements were designed to create a range of water textures, mini rapids, rills, small cascades and streams.
- Dynamic Play: A series of elements appealing to older children were provided including a double flying fox, six way swing, rotating swing and climbing net.
Concept Design, Detail Design, Documentation
Yarrabilba, QLD, Australia