Throughout the playground we introduced paving in brick, cobbles, natural stone, coloured safety surfacing and resin bound gravel in contrasting colours. The different textures provide immediate interest. Paths were laid to meander throughout the playground linking the various spaces and so encourage flowing movement and imaginative play.
The main feature of the playground is a centrally located shelter / outdoor class room with a cave under and tunnels linked to a lookout dome positioned within the slope and a faux grass covered mound using waist material from the excavations. Winding paths gently slope up to the back of the playground and a large slide leads back down from the shelter to the lower level and the main playground.
A stepped amphitheatre was positioned on one side of the playground cut into the slope. Raised planting beds with planting and digging space with a sand pit were located at low level – encouraging children interact with their environment. The underground cave was linked to the main playground via new talking tubes and a faux grass covered mound with a perspex viewing dome. Some of the best pieces of the old play equipment were recycled and positioned to add to the challenging interest and potential activities. We were delighted when the playground won a prestigious BALI award.