Stirling Civic Gardens Regional Playground Replacement
Now over 20 years old, the playground is showing signs of wear and tear and is due to be redesigned and replaced and the City would like to understand what the community would like see there.
Regional level playgrounds are considered significant playgrounds by the City as they are designed to not only appeal to the local community, but also to provide an attraction for visitors from across metropolitan Perth. Regional playgrounds offer the largest, most exciting and diverse play opportunities out of all of the City’s 250 playgrounds.
There are currently six other regional playgrounds in the City including the Scarborough Whale Playground, Yokine Playspace, Dianella Playspace, Jackadder Lake playground in Woodlands, Carine Regional Open Space Playground and Princess Wallington Reserve in Balga.
To ensure that the playground is designed to meet community needs and expectations, the City is would like understand how the community currently uses the playground and what they would like to see in the future, particularly as it relates to playground themes and types of equipment.
Why is the City replacing the playground?
The playground is reaching the end of its asset life (it is older than 20 years) and is due to be replaced to ensure that it remains safe and engaging.
This is one of the City’s regional playgrounds which offers the most diverse play opportunities and attracts residents from across metropolitan Perth. To ensure that the playground is is meeting the needs of both local residents who use it regularly and visitors to the area, it important the community is involved in its future design.
What is a regional playground?
The City has a hierarchy of playgrounds to ensure they reflect the location, significance and level of local use and play opportunities provided. The City has more than 250 playgrounds which include ‘local’ level playgrounds, ‘major’ level playgrounds and ‘regional’ level playgrounds.
Local level playgrounds are those that you may expect to see in your local park around the corner from your home and are the City’s smallest playground offering.
Major level playgrounds are bigger and offer a more diverse play experience, and can be found in larger parks and reserves. The City has eight regional playgrounds, typically one in each ward.
Regional playgrounds offer the highest level of park ‘attraction’ and are usually larger, offer a wider range of play opportunities and visitors often stay longer. They are usually unique in some way, for example some are themed or have their own character or creative design like ‘nature playground’ or ‘pirate park’.
Who is the playground being designed for?
The City would like to understand how local residents in particular currently use the park and what they would like to see in the future, in particular how children aged three to 12 use the playground.
The City designs playgrounds for children aged between the ages of three and 12 (inclusive). The is because children aged under three rapidly outgrow age specific equipment and children over the age of 12 typically do not finding playgrounds engaging.
Will Wi-Fi be considered as part of the playground?
No, Wi-Fi is not usually included in the City’s playgrounds. Playgrounds encourage outdoor play and engagement with the natural elements and allow opportunities for families to enjoy time together outside of the home.
There are many instances where technology and Wi-Fi makes our lives better; but it is the City’s view, Wi-Fi it would not add value in playgrounds.
What are the supporting amenities around the playground? Will they remain?
The City is seeking comment specifically for the playground and hence there are no changes planned in the regional playground update to the supporting amenities for example public toilets, drinking fountains, off street parking, barbeques, picnic areas, pathways and bins etc.
Your comments and feedback will be used to directly influence the concept design of the new playground. Once the concept design has been completed, a second stage of community consultation will take place to allow all residents to have their say on designs.
Will the size of the playground get any bigger?
The previous land use of Stirling Civic Gardens was a tip site, hence the varied topography across the site. Due to the previous land use of the site the size of the playground is restricted and therefore it is not intended to be made any bigger.
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