COLLEGES CROSSING RESERVE

Chuwar, Ipswich – South East Queensland

Client

IPSWICH CITY COUNCIL

Project Partner: Playscape Creations

Scale

New playground as part of broader 12ha river front open space redevelopment. Completed 2014.

Services



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Highlights

  • Collaborative design and delivery with Playscape Creations and Dig-It
  • Integrated nature based play and flood immunity measures

After being hit by floods in 2011 and 2013, Ipswich City Council commissioned JFP to undertake reconstruction and restoration of Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve, a popular recreational area on the banks of the Brisbane River.

JFP Surveyors completed a detailed survey of the remaining infrastructure, allowing analysis of what could be salvaged and what had to be rebuilt.

In order to improve future flood immunity, JFP Landscape Architects devised protective structures which are placed upstream of the rebuilt park infrastructure to divert larger debris away and minimise damage. These structures were also designed to be an iconic element of the park with their bright colour and towering structure. They also provided an opportunity to integrate interpretive signage and public art, with the local indigenous community to providing artwork reflective of the waterfront setting.

The existing damaged formal playground was redesigned as a ‘nature based’ playground. The more robust elements are less prone to damage by flood waters, while still providing a range of play experiences including varying textures, exploratory paths, play swale and log steppers.
The existing damaged formal playground was redesigned as a ‘nature based’ playground. The more robust elements are less prone to damage by flood waters, while still providing a range of play experiences including varying textures, exploratory paths, play swale and log steppers.