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The upgraded playground at Deepdene Park is unmistakably a train. adventure+ worked closely with the City of Boroondara and Playce to create a playground design that would complement the heritage 'Deepdene special' rocking tram that shares the new playspace. This updated themed-based playground is great for imaginative play and also provides extensive physical play value as well.
Client: City of Boroonda & Playce
Train themed play space upgrade
Armed with a sketch from the landscape architect, Playce, adventure+ designed this playground to have a train theme. It’s often difficult to achieve a theme while not compromising on play value and at Deepdene we believe the perfect balance was stuck. While each platform with curved roofs represent carriages of a train, play items like a tunnel and plastic HDPE panel give the apperance of a train engine.
The City of Boroondara saw it critical to provide for both senior and junior children in the playground design. To accommodate this request, adventure+ designed the play unit to increase in difficulty as it ascended – the lower platforms for juniors with low and easily accessible play activities and the higher platforms featuring more adventurous elements like larger slides.
Community consultation indicated that residents wanted a number of specific pieces of custom designed playground equipment, as well as a ticket booth, swing sets and track ride. There was also a need to create an attractive environment where families could sit in the shade and enjoy a picnic meal or spend time comfortably while their children played. For this reason, a number of trees and picnic tables were incorporated into the design.
The equipment by adventure+ is constructed from the spectrum+ hybrid style of equipment that utilises steel uprights with timber platforms and cladding. The timber gives a natural look, and the rustic, irregular cladding adds to this further.
The hybrid style is ideal where the council or developers want a natural feel but want to reduce the amount of timber used in the ground.