Gainborough Greens Forest Green Park

Parks & Open Space

LOCATION

Pimpama, Queensland

CLIENT

Mirvac

ARCHITECT

Mirvac

PHOTOGRAPHY

Linda Nguyen

AWARDS

2016 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards, Commercial Landscape Construction of the Year

2016 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards, Million $ Plus

2016, UDIA Awards, Wildcard (Finalist)

Surrounded by retained and protected Eucalypt forest, the Nature Play Park within Gainsborough Greens provided a significant opportunity to introduce and reinforce awareness of the local ecology and sustainability within a recreational space. Form Landscape Architects developed a concept embracing organic patterns, undulating landform, interpretive/educational play elements, all with a core focus on reuse of exiting site material. Exploration, discovery, role play, balance, climbing, storytelling, exhilaration, and social interaction were to be delivered within an interpretive natural patchwork of landscape.

The finished project provides residents and visitors with a wide variety of unique experiences and amenity. An open kick and throw area is encircled by gardens and shade niches. A dramatic central earth mound acts as a hub for an 8m high hill slide, timber log play forts, sandstone block stair climb, and sand play at the base. A reclaimed fallen tree provides both sculptural identity and natural climbing opportunity. Oversized sandstone boulders and bespoke play structures continue the theme of undefined play and exploration. A large, custom shade structure pays tribute to the scale of timber reclaimed on site while providing shelter and observation over play spaces. A ‘totem forest’ acts as a sculptural reminder of the former vegetation community on site while offering possibilities of education and exploration. These spaces are threaded together by an organic pathway and a dry creek bed interwoven from the top to bottom of site. Residents also have access to a multipurpose court and miniature grandstand, organically shaped pool with plunge zones and lap training, BBQ and change facilities.