Eddison Park Natural Play
Landscape Architectural Design
Transport Canberra and City Services
2020 AILA ACT Landscape Architecture Award
Eddison Park is one of the major parklands south of Lake Burley Griffin in Woden, ACT. We were engaged to provide nature play focused design solutions to enhance and build upon the parks existing playground.
The design was developed through an iterative co-design process with the local community. An ongoing series of workshops were held at schools, shopping centres, markets and on-site to give the community a platform to identify opportunities and prioritise works to take place within the park. The play journey developed by children through the place games was used as the basis of the concept design.
A range of play upgrades were identified based upon the themes of the native landscape and the farm heritage of the region. These included water play and play workshop within a sand pit, a wobbly rope bridge, a mound and tunnel, bird hides, a meeting tree, and a sensory garden with opportunities to explore touch, smell, eat, hide, crawl, squeeze, and taste.
Like in many of our projects, Eddison Park Nature Play demonstrates how community engagement is more than a product, but a critical component in defining the rational of our design and as a source of inspiration.
Photographer: Karleen Minney