Riverside Green playground is an iconic new family destination set within the heart of Brisbane’s popular South Bank parklands, the city’s premier lifestyle and cultural precinct.
RPS was the landscape architect for the project and collaborated with play/lead consultant Urban Play and client City Parklands Services through the landscape contractor Eureka, to create Brisbane’s best playground. Since its opening in October 2015, the award-winning space continues to attract thousands of visitors every week.
The project was a replacement for an older playground and the consultants took advantage of the existing site attributes, including stunning city views and a natural camber, to create a range of multi-level play precincts where play equipment and landscaping interact seamlessly.
Both children and adults have the opportunity to explore and challenge their abilities in the wide variety of play zones, with the adventurous vertical play equipment being a major drawcard for visitors as well as a visual icon within the precinct.
The boldly colourful playground utilises off-the-shelf play equipment for cost-effectiveness and longevity while the constraints of such a small site were overcome by using creative solutions to accommodate as many children as possible, including ropes, climbing elements and boulders on all available surfaces.
Plenty of comfortable seating and shady areas encourages families to stay for hours and allow parents and carers to easily watch over their young charges.
This exciting new attraction perfectly complements South Bank’s family-friendly activities and facilities which attract 10 million visitors annually.
Winner of the 2016 Parks and Open Space Award of Excellence in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects – Queensland Awards, Riverside Green was noted by the judges as demonstrating the vital role of landscape architects in the design of place-specific, integrated and challenging playgrounds, recognising play as fundamental to the life and culture of the landscape.
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