Work is nearly complete on the Scarborough Beach Park upgrade, on the Redcliffe Peninsula, an hour northeast of Brisbane. ASPECT Studios was engaged by Moreton Bay Regional Council to master plan a much needed upgrade of this popular beachside esplanade, adjacent to Moreton Bay, a popular spot for locals and visitors.
With a brief to make the park even more of a destination, our strategy was to retain its strong recreation focus, enhance the parks existing natural attributes, and improve the amenities for a variety of visitors, as well as catering more to people of all abilities.
Green space was key to their strategy, and a starting point was the assessment of and impacts of the new work on existing significant trees, most notably, the park’s avenue of mature Norfolk Pines fringing the foreshore, and the mature native cottonwood trees that children like to climb. The design achieves greater continuity of green spaces along the foreshore and the park’s lower terrace, by removing obstacles or incompatible (though essential) activities such as car parking from certain areas, and consolidating them elsewhere.
Circulation through the park was also improved by clarifying and expanding pedestrian routes and accessibility to amenities, thereby minimising wear and tracking on grass areas, by people taking short cuts (or desire lines). Paths were widened around the Moreton Bay Cycleway for safer shared use by pedestrians and cyclists, and improved access to the park’s north. In key areas, the cycleway was realigned to improve visibility and reduce pedestrian-cyclist conflict.
Along with the improved circulation, new amenities and shaded picnic and play spaces have been included, making the park more child-friendly and accessible. To the existing children spaces activity spaces of a pirate playground, railway playground, life-size chess set and basketball court, was a 71 square-metre inflatable jumping pillow was also added, and is already proving a tremendous success.
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