NSW – Reserve 871, The Ponds Case Study

Reserve 871 The Ponds Playground


2017 Awards of Excellence, NSW/ACT Region, Parks & Leisure AustraliaReserve 871 playground Award

Reserve 871 at The Ponds in western Sydney is a wonderful recreation facility for an incoming community that is designed to function as a regional park, catering for the needs of children of all ages and abilities, whilst  integrating natural and designed play elements.

Site: Reserve 871, Piddington Street, The Ponds
Client: Blacktown City Council
Age Range: from 2 years

Date Opened: August 2017

Watch the video below and see how a playground transforms from a designers vision to reality!

In the creation of Reserve 871, Proludic collaborated closely with Landscape Architect Amar Zein of Blacktown City Council. Having recently worked on five other playground projects with the Council, our client was confident we could deliver what they needed.

Reserve 871 The Ponds Playground

In this project, we acted as both playground design consultant and supplier/installer of the play equipment. The time frame for project delivery, from design concept to construction, was tight. Our design documentation and ongoing communications during the construction phase kept the client happy and the project on-track.

Our playground design applied our most up-to-date thinking on inclusive play design principles. It accommodated many opportunities for multi-generational play.

The selection of a feature item of play equipment, the Adventure Treehouse Tower, that hadn’t been used anywhere else in Australia helped make this playspace unique.

The NSW/ACT region of Parks & Leisure Australia awarded Reserve 871, the Ponds, the 2017 NSW Playspace Award Major (for parks with a budget of over $500,000). The judges assess the award entrants according to:

  • Innovation and originality
  • Engagement with the community, stakeholders, colleagues and partners
  • Excellence in industry best practice
  • Environmental, social and financial sustainability
  • Achievements of project objectives


Reserve 871, the Ponds received the tick of approval as it:

  • Caters to children of all ages and abilities.
  • Encourages social interaction through play.
  • Provides amenities for parents and carers to supervise their children.
  • Is functional, yet aesthetically attractive.
  • Connects well to other parks in the Council’s open space network.
  • Is a sustainable, durable design – uses sustainably sourced, robust materials; these materials consider the full product and project lifecycle, are economical, and recyclable.
  • Achieves environmental targets – including the treatment, retention and reuse of water harvested on site.
  • Is a flexible design solution – modular play equipment which integrates natural materials
  • Complies with Australian Standards for safety, maintenance access and crime minimisation (based on the latest CPTED studies).

“Blacktown City Council would like to thank Proludic for their contribution to Reserve 871.The collaborative approach has proven to be successful through The Parks & Leisure Regional Awards.

Proludic supplied and installed the equipment as per timeline and therefore the playground was delivered on time. They have demonstrated professional knowledge and experience throughout the entire process.

Through the contribution of technical playground knowledge and landscape architectural principles, playground design and associated landscape works were developed.” 

Amar Zein, Landscape Architect, Blacktown City Council

We also worked closely with Lisa Francis, Blacktown City Council’s Asset Construction Engineer. Lisa expressed her appreciation of our “very professional conduct on site” and our maintenance of a “tidy and organised site”.

Click HERE to read a review of the playground by “Hills District Mums”.

Reserve 871, The Ponds, was a FINALIST in the Parks & Leisure Australia National Awards of Excellence.

Kwinana Adventure Park was announced WINNER of the Parks & Leisure Australia National Awards for Park of the Year and Playspace Major, at the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner held on October 24 on the Gold Coast. (Please click here to view more).

Reserve 871 The Ponds Playground

The Adventure Treehouse Tower, Reserve 871, The Ponds

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