Parramatta’s newest, and arguably best, playground was officially opened early 2015 and is now well and truly in use on a large scale by the local (and not so local) population.
The $2M playground, located in the new Paddocks Precinct, is only the first investment in a series of projects that will be rolled out over the next 4 years to a total value of $35.4 million. This will be the largest financial injection in the Parramatta Park’s proud history. McGregor + Coxall, the playground designers, created a vision for a connected space where the play is continuous and seamless. “The thing about play is that you’ve got to provide all the different layers for the kids to really enjoy themselves,” says Philip Coxall (Director, McGregor + Coxall), “so there’s the challenges, the climbing, there is the play with water…”
Using the unique DesignExecute™ model again, Fleetwood collaborated with McGregor + Coxall on the structural elements of the playground, from concept and detail design, through to execution on site. All elements were architecturally complex, and a strong design understanding was needed between both parties from the outset. Fleetwood understood the vision that McGregor + Coxall wanted to create, and were able to deliver that seamlessly through all stages of the project, finally working with Co-ordinated Landscapes in the delivery of the built works. The elements delivered by Fleetwood included the giant ‘Elephant’ slide, the significant ‘A’ playdeck and various bespoke play items.
The park is set to become a favourite in the entire region, with another stage to the Paddocks Precinct yet to be delivered, including the picnic facilities and amenities.
“The population here is growing enormously,” says Suellen Fitzgerald (Director, Parramatta Park) and so this really is a regional park, not only for Parramatta, but for Western Sydney.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said the improvements will enhance the Park’s role as a haven for city workers and residents.
“This investment to restore the park to its former glory is the largest investment in its proud history and will firmly place the park as Western Sydney’s premier cultural tourism destination.”