Memorial Gardens and Playspace, Prospect SA

Enlivening an iconic park is child’s play

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Client City of Prospect

Scope Concept Design, community consultation and detailed design

Location Menzies Crescent, Prospect, SA / Kaurna

Year 2011 - 2016

Awards Public Engagement + Community Planning Award, South Australian PIA Awards 2015. Commendation, Public Engagement + Community Planning, National PIA Awards 2016

Listening to the community is a vital step towards creating a space that is embraced by and, in return, enchants its users. With the opportunity to make a positive impact on the region’s premier parks and sporting grounds, Outerspace sought and considered a variety of opinions and possibilities, settling on the concept of an “enchanted garden”. This would be a kind of playground for the 5 senses as well as the young and young at heart. An environment wherein the community could immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and scents of the natural surrounds. A place where they could thrill to complementary built elements that playfully pushed the boundaries, attractions that ignited and challenged young minds to keep up with their imaginations.

A giant treehouse, the first of its kind in South Australia is encircled by a colourful toadstools ring, fragranced by an aromatic garden and flanked by a mound slide and waterplay. This three-stage project, a visually exciting nod to youthful exuberance, challenged us to channel the inner child while pragmatically designing an environment that enhanced the surrounding gardens. Not exactly child’s play but then again…

A playspace for the children, an asset to the community

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