5 Mar 2020

Keeping cool and nurturing community assets in Brisbane’s south east and south west suburbs. 

Remember the days when a backyard sprinkler, soapy tarpaulin and a cubby house was the embodiment of our summer livelihood? With the rise of urban regeneration, we are faced with larger homes, limited lot space and safety implications which may restrict backyard freedom. Such constraint, provides opportunities to reinvigorate public outdoor places and amenities to meet the needs and desires of communities across Australia.

Championing the evolution and success of a growing population in the south west suburbs of Brisbane is Flagstone Water Play Park. A commitment made in partnership with Logan City Council and one of Australia’s leading residential developers, Peet, to build a sustainable water play area for Flagstone, bringing together new families and nurturing the tangibility of a community incentive. With an increasing number of homes devoid of swimming pools, the Water Play Park complements Flagstone’s ecosystem and those of many other residential areas throughout Australia.

Urbis Brisbane Landscape Architects Glen Power, Director and Sasha Tieleman, Associate Director, led a multidisciplinary team of experts to create a cutting-edge water playground, reminiscent of childhood memories inspired by Kenner Tree Tots Treehouse.

The design and impacts this water play park already has on the Flagstone residents and surrounding communities, highlights the importance of water play parks within our climate. They need to be accessible, visible, durable, and most importantly, specific to 'place'.

Glen Power View Profile

Flagstone’s Water Play Park was developed with water play specialists Playscape Creations, featuring a zero-depth watercourse with water cascading from the perimeter of the canopy, two internal mega water dumping buckets that activate water play above and below the treehouse deck, water cannons, and numerous other sprays and jets. The watercourse leads to the main event – a ten-metre high climbable treehouse. 

Flagstone’s Water Play Park opening event prior to Christmas attracted up to 3,000 attendees between 12pm and 6pm, with approximately 800 adults, teens, children and babies at any given time. Surveys conducted on the day recorded positive feedback, with 51% of non-Flagstone residents noting they would genuinely consider making Flagstone their home. Interest in Flagstone from potential purchasers after the event has been sustained through January and February this year.

Another example of water play setting a new precedent within industry is Logan Gardens Water Park. Set within the Logan Gardens regional parkland, the design of the Water Play Park embraces the multiculturalism of Brisbane’s south east suburb. Totems and shade sail poles spread throughout provides a canvas for artistic expressions of national flags. The water park design was conceived as a ‘car-wash’ for kids with total water immersion for all ages and abilities. Water elements including pop-jets, sprays, fountains, dumping buckets and bubblers were all strategically arranged within a circular space for children and their parents to enjoy.

 

This project commences what will hopefully kick-start a full revitalisation of the Logan Gardens Parklands over the coming decade with the view to offering the public a truly world class park for the future. Water play parks indicate the beginning of an exciting and innovative pathway for creating memorable places and amenities for communities and families alike.

Urbis is proud to have designed and delivered on many ‘play’ projects including Rockhampton’s Riverside Precinct and Kershaw Gardens, Gladstone’s East Shore and Harmony’s Display World on the Sunshine Coast.

If you would like to know more about our “play” project portfolio, please get in touch with our expert team.

 

Glen Power View Profile
Sasha Tieleman View Profile