Emerging from the Murrumburrah Precinct Masterplan, a regional playground was proposed for Coddington Park next to the creek. Working in close partnership with Council’s Consultative Group using community consultation findings, the need for a toddler and children’s play space was identified.
The theme for the natural style playground was ‘meeting place’; based on the importance of this part of the Murrumboolah Creek for Wiradjuri trading and social interaction. The richness of Wiradjuri culture was referenced through the play elements in the form of: ring trees, as wayfinding elements between the play areas; bark canoes which provided shelter and hiding elements; and totem carvings into timber nature play elements.
Elevated views from the highway over the site meant it was important for key play elements to act as a beacon of interest to passing traffic. The project involves full masterplan with cost estimates and staging program, while detailed design and documentation for tender is included for the creek rehabilitation area.
Community consultation was the first step in the masterplanning process, used to elicit the needs and aspirations of the people that will use the place for years to come; the values described by the community become the guiding principles for the design.
The masterplan was placed on public exhibition in late 2018 and is due to start construction.