Queenstown Bay Playground

CLIENT 

Queenstown Lakes District Council 

DATE 

2017-2018 

The Queenstown Bay Playground project is both a link and a destination, occupying a high-profile location between the central township and the popular Queenstown Gardens. It provides a destination play space that can be enjoyed by children and adults from all over the district and the world. For a long time, the site of the existing well-loved but tired play area next to Horne Creek was identified as a prime and iconic location for a destination playspace. 

This project was about creating an innovative family-friendly environment that has been carefully integrated to enhance the natural landscape and provide a range of natural play opportunities and experiences to all ages and abilities. 

The layout of the playspace is based on an iconic tree form with autumn colours, playing on the importance of the diverse planting of tree species and history of the Gardens. The playspace has added a valuable asset to the community and provides a strong landscape and urban connection, which not only recognises, but enhances the stunning natural setting of Queenstown. 

Council community services general manager Thunes Cloete says the play space "sits beautifully within our unique natural environment with features such as climbing rocks, the use of wooden materials, riparian planting along the creek, extensive landscaping, and organic shapes throughout, whilst retaining shade and structure through the existing trees".

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