Queens Park is a major recreation and nature based parkland surrounded by the Barwon River. A small obsolete playground existed and was identified in a recent master plan as a site for a major new playground. This was backed by the Geelong Play Strategy which suggested that Queens Park should have sub-regional status.
A concept plan was developed which used existing large trees and rope based elements to create a climbing traversing playground. A large pine had to be removed due to senescence and this was turned into the basis of the new tree house/deck area which the rest of the playground hangs off.
The project is the first of its kind in Victoria and second in Australia to use the unique tree connection clamps. All trees that were removed because of senescence were milled for reuse in the playground. Footings for the rope structures were the Surefoot system rather than mass concrete.
The area has become so popular we need to start looking at managing cars, people and maintenance regime.
- Project Manager
- Principal Design
- Tenders Procurement
- Construction Manager
Location: Queens Park, Highton, Geelong
Completion Date: 2015
Photography: Katrina Lawrence, Tom Leggatt