Jubilee Playground wins AILA NSW Medal

Classic Plaza Seats mirror the colours of the landscape in this award-winning playground design.

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Jubilee Playground by Sue Barnsley Design has been awarded the Medal for Landscape Architecture at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW 2014 Awards. The playground, in Glebe’s Bicentennial Park in Sydney, is a whimsical community space for children; nicknamed ‘the lost world’ by its creators; meeting the increasing demand for inner city families to access outdoor play spaces.

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Street Furniture Australia provided a number of colourful Classic Plaza Seats for the playground, in keeping with the pre-existing seating nearby. Sue Barnsley says, “Throughout the design of Jubilee Playground we were conscious of reusing and renovating site furniture and play equipment. So we built on the existing pattern of Street Furniture Australia seats that edged Northcote Street, set them in butterfly-winged pairs within the playground and added picnic settings to new shelters. All were customised with colourful painted battens derived from the ripening fruit of the fig trees which mark this corner of the park.”

Plaza seats set in "butterfly-winged pairs"

Jason Grant, AILA NSW President, says, “With more and more children growing up in high-density housing and without the benefit of a backyard to call their own, the local park and playground has become an important focus for inner city families.

Jubilee Playground has become a vibrant place for play and community gathering; its sheer beauty and delight makes this parkland play space magical and uplifting for children and adults alike.”

Jubilee concept sketches

The Jubilee Park playground is one of 87 to undergo a makeover in an ongoing renewal program by the City of Sydney. The initiative aims to ensure residents can find recreation and play areas for their children within a 10-minute walk from home.

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Images: Brett Boardman


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