Nirimba District Sports Facility
Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
Intelligent design that draws inspiration from a prominent natural landmark, creating a visual reference point and setting a benchmark for future public realm across the development.
The Fig Tree park is a significant public open space driven by sensitive and intelligent design, to create a benchmark park for the Emerald Hills development and south-west Sydney. The mature and statuesque fig tree that stands prominently on the highest elevation of the site set the tone for the upcoming public realm across the 11-stage residential development.
Place Design Group were commissioned by Macarthur Developments to provide concept design and detailed documentation with high expectations for the Fig Tree Park. Place Design Group focused on the creation of usable open space within the challenges of extensive topographical changes. The inclusion of a disabled pathway to access the panoramic views from the hill top was an essential and was highly commended by Camden Council.
The resulting space takes park goers on a journey from the southern entry plaza and public amenities to the northern crest, culminating in an extensive boardwalk encircling the iconic fig tree. The design incorporates several open and contoured lawns for both passive and active recreation, a large plaza at the lower level, shelter structures, market spaces and interactive sculptural play equipment. The park will become a benchmark of its type in the south west of Sydney and a genuine resource for the brand new local Emerald Hills Community as it develops.