The site itself is unconventional in form, with many established trees and undulating levels. Often unused areas like this remain just that, unused. Fortunately, Dublin City Council and the local community had the vision and imagination to confidently propose this interesting, inspiring, unconventional space, which in turn will lead to an interesting and inspiring Natural Play Park.
Under the concept theme ‘Help Nature + Have Fun’ and in consultation with over 70 school children and their teachers from three local schools, a discussion took place to look at the design of a new playground in Herzog Park, Rathgar. This important step, taken by Dublin City Council, allowed local children to have an input into the design and development of their physical, social and cultural play space. This type of community involvement will help to increase community cohesion, build trust in the local authority and pride in the area too.
It was clear from the workshops that the children wanted a strong focus on nature and to retain the woodland feel of this currently underused area. The challenge for us was fitting in as many of the children’s fabulous ideas as possible! From bug hotels to bird boxes, to water play and tube slides, Ziplines to walkways amongst the trees.
Our proposal not only provides a close link to nature, which is vital to child development but it also provides varied play provision that will appeal to children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. A park where adventure, discovery and fun comes together, encouraging children to be outdoors and active whilst building relationships with their peers and nature.
We are super excited about winning this contract and seeing everyone’s hard work come to realization.