Brisbane, QLD, Australia
The Island Park is a dramatic, subtropical play space emphasised by a series of planted mounds with timber huts perched on top, creating a valley to play and explore.
Place Design Group conceived and developed the design for this unique play space as an oasis of fun, a lost paradise reminiscent of the Moreton Bay islands, enabling children to imagine they are on a deserted island. The design features a mix of bespoke and proprietary elements including rope swings, climbing nets, rope bridges, slides, rock scrambles and lots of sand surfacing, extending to the custom beach volleyball court. The mounds alternate between steep rubber surfaces for scrambling, punctuated with red angular boulders and a lush exterior planted with subtropical trees, palms and understorey plants. Not only was the play space designed to have an impact from opening, but to develop over time by including Moreton Bay Figs and Cotton Trees that will transform the space over the years. Next to the play space is the active play zone, comprising of the beach volleyball court and kick about lawn. The park design is for the whole community and offers elements for all age groups, from active recreation in the playground or the volleyball court to passive recreation in a hammock under the shade of a tree or beach huts overlooking the park.