An exciting new playspace is now open at Archibold Park, Forresters Beach (Crystal St), to provide the community with a new, safe and engaging local playspace for all children, and for local families to come together.
This playspace delivery, which was funded by the NSW Government, is in response to the local community’s requests to upgrade this highly valued playspace and to meet the needs of this area.
The upgraded play equipment is suitable for a range of ages and abilities, with new softfall, pathways and park furniture.
This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government.
WHY DON’T ALL PLAYSPACES HAVE SHADE STRUCTURES?
Shade structures are included at all regional and district playspaces in the areas of the park that are most essential – such as toddlers’ areas. They are not generally included in local playspaces.
Council uses natural shade within playspace design via existing trees or the planting of mature trees.
Shade structures or tree planting are not always possible at every location due site constraint such as impacts upon surrounding properties etc. and the high incidence of vandalism and cost of maintenance of shades structures.
In line with Cancer Council recommendations it is recommended to visit playspaces mornings and afternoons and not at the hottest time of the day (in the middle of the day) and to always be wear sun-safe clothing such as long sleeves and hats.
HOW ARE PLAYSPACES PLANNED?
We are currently developing a playspace strategy for the whole Central Coast which outlines the principles for the provision of quality facilities to meet the needs of our community. Planning provision has considered the distribution, quality and size of playspaces across the region, in association with the availability of public open space, rather than a set number of playspaces for each area.
Some of the Key principles that inform the planning and provision of playspaces include residential catchment ensuring equal distribution across the region, co-location with other facilities, well-designed playspaces that are compliant, creative, inclusive, and accessible and minimise maintenance.
For equitable distribution assessment is made on the availability of open space, demographic data and the size and topography of the park to support the type of playspace proposed and that they can be sustainably managed within council’s resource allocation.
Council aims to meet the needs of the majority of users in planning, and designing each playspace based on demographics and community feedback.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOCAL, DISTRICT AND REGIONAL LEVEL PLAYSPACES?
Council has developed a hierarchy of playspace types guided by local and state guidelines for open space so that there is a fair distribution and a variety of destination areas for short and extended visits.
The hierarchy consists of:
1. Regional playspaces – These are currently the largest of Council’s suite of playspaces which attract and serve people across the whole region and outside areas. They typically have the greatest capacity and variety of equipment and aim to improve inclusion, activation, and social engagement across all ages, abilities and cultural groups. Visitors are encouraged to stay for longer than two hours as they incorporate a wide array of complimentary facilities including shelters, tables, barbecues, car parking and associated activities such as half-courts, skate areas and bike paths. Examples include Saltwater Creek Park Long Jetty, Peninsula Recreation Precinct Umina, and Canton Beach Community Park for the visually impaired.
2. District playspaces - are medium size playspaces which provide for the Social Plan District but may also serve the region with play equipment catering to multiple age groups. They are accessible by bicycle, car, bus and are co-located with other facilities such as parking, toilets, shared paths or sports facilities to maximize use and are fully inclusive. Examples include Sohier Park (Ourimbah), Wamberal Park, Wairakei Road (Wamberal), Kariong Hall (Kariong), Kibble Park (Gosford).
3. Local playspaces - These make up 80% of our playspaces located within local parks and typically have the least play equipment. They are intended to provide playspaces for the local community for short stay visits and are within walking distance, generally at a 500m radius.