Nestled amongst the majestic trees of the beautiful Parsley Bay Reserve in Vaucluse, the well-loved but worn out playground has been upgraded with a brand new inclusive playground designed in connection with the natural bushland and beach setting of the park.
Site: Parsley Bay Reserve, 1 Horler Ave, Vaucluse NSW 2030
Client: Woollahra Municipal Council
Age Range: 2 to 12 years old
Opened: July 2019
The project brief was to provide play equipment that offers challenging, imaginative and social play opportunities for children aged 2 to 12 years old and that is inclusive for children of all physical and intellectual abilities. The brief was also to design a playground that would allow and encourage children to connect with the natural environment.
The result is a playground design that creates a world of fun for children of all ages and abilities whilst harmoniously integrating into the surrounding environment of Parsley Bay Reserve.
Fun for younger children
The Proludic Inclusive and accessible Diabolo Multiplay unit (J38118-C) features a wide variety of playful elements for younger children aged 2 to 8 years including climbing, balancing, sliding and manipulative play activities. Accessibility for children with reduced motor skills is encouraged by the presence of a ground transfer platform with large handles, a wide and secure stairway and a double slide. There is also plenty of room for carers to assist.
The Adventure Trawler (custom J1956) includes custom graphics to provide a play-replica of the Kainan Maru ship that was part of the Japanese Antartic Expedition of 1910–12.* The play equipment provides a link to local history, encourages imagination and is equipped with numerous play activities for motor skills development. A ladder with specialised hand rails provides support to children with reduced mobility.
* “The Kainan Maru has special significance in Parsley Bay and the wider Woollahra community as in 1911, the Japanese Antarctic expedition team spent many months sheltering from bad weather in Parsley Bay before they continued their journey to Antarctica. The team developed close friendships to many of the local families.“
Other play equipment designed for younger children to enjoy with friends and carers includes the Accessible Carousel (J2409), Double Bay Swing set with inclusive Pod Swing, toddler and flat seats (J496), the Inclusive Dippy the Dolphin Springer (J981) and the Seahorse Springer (J854).
Fun for older children
The design aesthetics of Proludic’s nature inspired Kanopé range and our challenging Ixo range complement the beautiful bushland setting of Parsley Bay. The Kanopé Bushwalk Multiplay (J5609) is an adventure trail with curved lines, organic shapes and colours of a woodland world in motion that gets children into fun and active play.
The Ixo Multiplay (J2535-M) climbing unit includes opportunities for climbing, sliding and creative play for older children and pre-teens. The elevated platform allows children to enjoy the feeling of height, whilst the Speed Slide allows for a whole new way of sliding!
The Balance Slackline (J5406-M) is a great addition to test children’s balance and encourage perseverance. Even adults want to give it a try!
Along with the accessible pathways and safety surfacing, a variety of seating options and sandstone sculptures included in the playground, the Woollahra Municipal Council has provided a wonderful play facility for the whole community. The NSW Government contributed funding from the Everyone Can Play Grant Program to this project. The Everyone Can Play Grant Program supports NSW Councils in the creation of inclusive playspaces to ensure people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds have access to play facilities.