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Progress Report - November 2019 

Preparation work for the construction of the Hermit Street playground into a nature based play has commenced.

At the October Council meeting, it was resolved that Council would engage LCS Landscapes to construct the new playground.

This is the same company who developed the design and construction plans for the redevelopment of the playground.

During the week beginning 18 November, there will be some activity at the playground including installing temporary fencing, and LCS will then begin the construction.

The aim is for the playground to be completed by the end of the year.

Progress Report - October 2019

The September Council meeting saw the endorsement of the design concept and development of the Hermit St Playground into a nature based play space.

The construction plans for the playground were put out to tender earlier this month, and it is expected the results will be considered at the October Council meeting.

This project forms part of the Emu Trail redevelopment plan which is subject to approvals for access to BHP controlled land. 

Council is currently negotiating with BHP regarding the formalisation of access from the Hermit Street playground to the Emu Walking Trail.

Completion is expected in six months.

Progress Report - July 2019

LCS Landscapes have submitted a basic concept design to Council.  The design is now under review by the Emu Walk and Hermit Street Community Reference Group.  The next step will involve guiding LCS Landscapes to prepare a more detailed design proposal.

Important note:  the final design may alter significantly from the first concept designs as depicted below.  Final design will largely be dependant upon the Community Reference Group evaluation and recommendations to Council.Hermit st concept landscape

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Progress Report - May 2019

LCS Landscapes conducted a site visit of the Hermit St Playground site on Tueday 30 April.  Steve met with members of the Council Essential Services and Assets team including the Environment and Townscape Projects Officer.  During the site visit discussions covered various important considerations including:

  • the results of the community consultation
  • access to the playground for people with disabilities
  • the utilisation of materials that will be durable and sustainable particularly given the harsh Roxby climate
  • the potential to repurpose local materials 

LCS landscapes also took the opportunity to meet with members of the Emu Walk and Hermit St Playground community reference group.   The reference group shared their thoughts and ideas for the playspace.  

A concept plan for the playground is on track to be completed at the end of May 2019.

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Progress Report - April 2019 

The existing playground has been demolished, with plans to redevelop the site into a nature based play space progressing. Council has engaged LCS Landscapes to design the nature based play space, and they will be visiting Roxby Downs in late April to review the site and understand Council’s vision and the community’s needs. LCS Landscapes will then develop a concept design. Once the design plan has been approved by Council, the construction stage of the play space will be tendered to local contractors and nature play construction companies to ensure the play space is a quality project built at a competitive price.

The construction of a concrete footpath along the road boundary of Blanche Court was completed in February 2019. This footpath provides users of the Emu Walking trail with a safe route from Gregory Street to the Emu Walking trail.

Upgrades to the entrances of the Emu Walk have begun at the Community Garden, with the existing pine bollards removed and a new wire fence installed. This fence will then be planted with a native Westringia hedge to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing entrance to the Emu Walking trail in the Community Garden. Once this fence is complete, works will commence to replace the existing pine bollards with recycled plastic fencing at other entrances to the Emu Walk.

BHP have supported this project by providing considerable funding towards interpretive signage along the Emu Trail, with the intention of acknowledging Kokatha, the local indigenous language group. Council is working with Kokatha to develop the content for the interpretive signage, and have engaged BHP, local pastoralists and the Environment Forum to assist with researching and writing content. Quotes have been sourced for signage and local artists and photographers have been engaged to provide the imagery for the signs. 

Current Playground Closed - 12 March 2019

As at 12 March 2019 the Hermit St Playground has been closed to the public in readiness for demolition and redevelopment.

Phase 1 being to demolish the current playground (noting that Council will be inspecting individual elements for re-use and re-purpose). Bunting has now been put in place to close off the playground and for safety reasons it is important that people do not enter the closed off zone. As soon as Council have a definitive timeline of demolition and scheduled works we will advise the community.

Design Proposals

Three design proposals have been received by Council and are now under consideration.  It is anticipated that the preferred design and construction company will be selected by the end of March 2019.

19 December Council Resolution:

1. Adopt the development of a design brief for a nature based play space at Hermit Street playground which incorporates elements identified from Stage 1 consultation and reflects the community wishes.

2. Issue the design brief as a Request for Procurement to suitably qualified play design companies

Public Consultation Outcome - November 2018

The public consultation regarding the Hermit Street playground redevelopment was held from Monday 5 November to 26 November 2018.  

A total of 78 people completed the survey.  The survey aimed to capture the community's needs and desires with regard to the playground upgrade.  The community was asked to respond to a number of questions including  what elements are considered important when visiting a park/playground (eg: fencing, toilet facilities), how their children prefer to play, what respondents would most like to see in a nature play space and top play experiences.

Key results and findings (exert):

What do you consider important when visiting a park/playground?

  • Equipment variety – 78
  • Toilet facilities – 78
  • Water station – 78
  • Shade – 77
  • Fencing – 77
  • Visibility within & between equipment – 75

What would you most like to see in a nature play space?

  • Natural elements (sand, water, rocks) – 63
  • Challenge and risk taking – 53
  • Cater to different abilities and age groups – 38
  • Opportunities for creativity – 25
  • Opportunities to learn and teach – 25

 

 

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WEB SUBTITLE THE PROJECT

Roxby Council has obtained supporting funds through the State Government of South Australia to enhance the 3km Emu Walk Trail and redevelop the Hermit Street Playground located within Roxby Downs, and we are currently within the planning stage of the projects.

The Hermit Street Playground is located adjacent to the Emu Walk and provides recreational opportunities for all Roxby Downs residents, particularly those living in the eastern side of town, however the current playground is outdated, vandalised and in poor condition.

BACKGROUND:

In 2014 Roxby Council conducted a Community Consultation which saw the community express their desire to see the Hermit Street Playground redeveloped as a “natural play space”. The aim of the redevelopment would be to provide a recreational space that encourages the community of Roxby Downs to embrace our environment and use their imagination to enjoy a range of outdoor developmental activities.

A path between the playground and the existing Emu Walk could be constructed to make the Hermit Street Playground more accessible. An off street car park is also being proposed thereby ensuring that congestion and traffic hazards are not created in Hermit Street.

The Roxby Council Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2018/19 has set aside $50,000 toward the Hermit Street Playground upgrade (in conjunction with the Emu Walk project).  Elements of a State Government grant carried forward from the 2017/18 year will also be utilised to fund the projects.

It should also be noted that dependent upon community needs and the full allocation of land this project may need to be developed in several stages.

 

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NATURE PLAY:

Nature play playgrounds have a number of characteristic elements which are quite different from the older style plastic multi-play play equipment found almost everywhere. Nature playgrounds aim to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, allowing children to play with nature. These playgrounds have contoured or uneven surfaces, sometimes with logs, steps, and a sandpit.  There may be rocks to sit on, tree branches to play with, and even materials to make a cubby house. Ideally the playground will be aesthetically attractive and clean, with some natural vegetation, catering for a range of ages including toddlers and older children.

 

 - Adelaide examples of nature play spaces –

Marshmallow Park, Glen Osmond, Adelaide

https://playandgo.com.au/index.php/marshmallow-park-adelaide-review/

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Para Wirra Nature Play, Adelaide

https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/goodliving/posts/2018/05/5-treasures-para-wirra

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Redevelopment of the Hermit St playground in conjunction with the Emu Trail will be subject to a number of conditions including:

  • The full allocation of land
  • Health & safety considerations
  • Native vegetation management considerations
  • The allocation of funds as per the Roxby Council Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2018/19
  • Funding, grants and sponsorships received from other sources

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  •  How will the playground redevelopment be funded?

 In its 2018-19 Annual Business Plan and Budget Roxby Council committed $50,000 toward a Hermit Street nature based play space (in conjunction with the Emu Walk project).   Council has also received supporting funds through the State Government of South Australia.

  • Why is nature play such a focus?

In 2014 Roxby Council conducted a Community Consultation which saw the community express their desire to see the Hermit Street Playground redeveloped as a “natural play space”. 

Recent studies have found that nature based play spaces offer the best opportunity for children to play freely outdoors, testing their cognitive and physical capabilities and stimulating their senses. Nature play teaches children about living things, while providing opportunities for risk taking, social interaction and independent play. 

The Hermit Street nature based play space will be inspired by Roxby’s arid environment and utilise sustainable practices where possible

We envisage that the play space could be a combination of nature play and traditional playground equipment.

  • How can I get involved in the project?

There are several different ways to get  involved in the project: You could become a community representative and volunteer your time to the community reference group , in-kind support is always very welcome (professional/technical expertise), or there may be other ways you would like to become involved.  Simply contact Council and ask to speak to someone about the Hermit St playground upgrade to discuss your potential involvement in the project.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION - STAGE 1:

The community was invited to provide submissions with regard to the upgrade of the Hermit St playground.  An online survey was also conducted.

The consultation took place from Monday 5 November 9am to 6pm Monday 26 November 2018 

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A total of 78 people completed the survey.  The survey aimed to capture the community's needs and desires with regard to the playground upgrade.  The community was asked to respond to a number of questions including  what elements are considered important when visiting a park/playground (eg: fencing, toilet facilities), how their children prefer to play, what respondents would most like to see in a nature play space and top play experiences.

 


 

 

 

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