Inclusive play coming to Parramatta Park
Published 15 January 2019
The new inclusive playspace located at The Gardens Precinct Parramatta Park has been an exciting opportunity to interpret the cultural significance of Parramatta Park through the design process. The playspace is being built on the site of an existing playspace that was due for an upgrade.
The concepts for the playspace have been inspired by the cultural significance of Old Government House and the Domain World Heritage setting. Geometric hut structures create shade and echo the form of the early convict cottages that were once located at the site of the playspace. All the equipment chosen features neutral colours that are sympathetic to the surroundings and incorporates suitable play value. Considerations have been made to encourage wheelchair users and cater for a wide range of age and user groups including the use of unobtrusive structures with simple forms and materiality, a play dome with ropes and swings, and an accessible carousel.
Ground surfaces of the playspace are simple, including sand for tactile play, rubber for all abilities access and decomposed granite on internal pathways. The playspace will be surrounded by a concrete path suitable for a trike and scooters to use, with fencing on one side to create a safe enclosure from the adjacent creek and pond.
The playspace incorporates artworks, as an integral part of the design and they will be interactive, interpretative of the history of the site, and fun. Items include ‘love token’s’ that emulate messages and stories from Parramatta convicts, simple convict tools and artwork panels that all contribute to the play experience.
Other features of the playspace include seating with backs and armrests situated under existing mature trees, views over the playspace from a central deck area and beyond to Parramatta Park, bubblers, bicycle parking, and a nearby café make this a great place for all generations of the family to visit and contribute to the creation of playspace for all.
The new playspace at Parramatta Park is currently under construction and is expected to open mid 2019.