Parks and Open Space Award of Excellence: Tidlangga Playspace and Pocket Orchard
Entrant Practice: City of Adelaide - Design & Strategy
Precinct/Area: City of Adelaide – North Adelaide
Client: City of Adelaide
The Tidlangga Playspace and Pocket Orchard is far more than a playground. Initially proposed as a facility upgrade, the design team, together with the community, have delivered a much greater project with significant impact. The park caters for a diverse community and is a significant investment in active recreation, play and passive spaces that have been stitched together seamlessly. Tidlangga has looked beyond typical elements and reimagined what play and nature could mean. The recreation elements allow for sensory, active, cognitive and passive play, fostering exploration and interaction. The existing recreation facilities have been complimented with a community instigated pocket orchard, an exploratory path through the existing native vegetation, nature play features, lawn, picnic shelters and two play equipment areas. Tidlangga has transformed the lower North Adelaide Park into a lively, green integrated community hub of activity and created unique City experience connecting users of all ages and abilities to the environment.
Parks and Open Space Landscape Architecture Award: Cobbler Creek Recreation Park
Entrant Practice: Birdseye Studios
Precinct/Area: Salisbury East
Client: Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources
Retaining the largest remnant of Mallee Box grassy woodland on the Adelaide Plains, the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is highly valued for biodiversity conservation and was a driver for thoughtful strategic approach to the parks redevelopment. Previously underutilised, the project has successfully introduced a new vision for visitor use, enjoyment, understanding and awareness of the park.
The walking trails, extensive playspace, BMX and mountain bike facilities sit comfortably adjacent the rehabilitated creekline and conservation areas. The extensive engagement of young people and the local community in the design process is evident and has driven broader and more diverse park use. The project team are commended for the integration of new elements with the existing landscape and the transformation of an underutilised park into a destination that the community can engage and enjoy in many ways.