New plans are being prepared for the small green space on Bewdeley Avenue. Aragon sees to create a high quality public park and community space, whilst preserving pedestrian access to the adjacent property which is under development at 429 Lampson St, Victoria.
The new park will comprise of a rich mixture of treillage, shade arbors, seating and ornamental plantings and pathway surfaces arranged into three distinct garden spaces; a “Mediterranean Garden”, a “Seaside Garden” and the “Imagine Play Area”.
The Mediterranean Garden would be provided with power outlets for equipment supporting organized neighbourhood events and low key lighting will be provided so that the park can be safely visited after dusk.
A variety of paving stones will be used to create exciting surface textures and patterns.
Hither Green Park signs will be installed at each end of the park.
Emergency vehicles will use the park as the primary access to the adjacent property. In order to accommodate fire truck access, the park’s structures will be cleverly placed on either side of the access lane. All other vehicle access will be prohibited from the park. The new park will transplant several trees from the adjacent property in order to maintain the character of the existing green space and is intended to provide a sanctuary for the surrounding neighbourhood.
CONCEPT UPDATE JULY 2017:
ADDITION OF “IMAGINE” NATURAL PLAY AREA
An area within the Inn development property has been dedicated to toddlers play. We are naming the play area “Imagine” and it follows the current preference for Natural Play provision.
Natural play is a departure from more structured play that is associated with designed/engineered traditional play equipment in favour of unstructured or free play involving natural non- manufactured materials, mainly wood (untreated). Natural play pieces are said to encourage more healthy activity and social interaction and where dirty hands and knees and an occasional small bump or scrape is accepted as a necessary learning experience. In some cases small risk is introduced (e.g. handholds omitted) to make the child more aware of his/her surroundings and to respond by taking care/precautions.
In the case of our “Imagine” Natural Play Area, we are providing several large elements to assist in child development at the Toddler age range. The main feature is the play fort. It is a significant structure built solidly from heavy timbers originating from the Inn property. The fort is designed to resemble a rustic tree house, elevated and built around a section of a large diameter Douglas fir tree trunk (bark attached). Being visible to the street, it will draw the attention of toddlers and parents as they approach.
To help develop a child’s skills in balance, an elongated and articulated plank bridge is a second play element. The planks are approximately 12 to 18” above ground and are supported by tall vertical tree trunk poles.
The third element is a climbing tree which is a selected piece of tree, possibly oak, that comprises a portion of the tree trunk, and a number of lateral branches cut to shorter stubs. The tree will be laid on its side for stability and all cut ends would be chamfered.
The fourth element is a string of log round stepping pads which will encourage balance and self- confidence.
The ground upon which the play structures are set would be a safety surface of engineered wood chip which is contained around the perimeter by a small concrete curb.
The entrance to the play area is defined by a dramatic gateway comprising a pair of splayed heavy log posts with a connecting lintel with the word “IMAGINE” spelt out in twigs and fastened to the lintel. The gateway designed to be welcoming and enticing to children and to be legible from the street. To further entice visitors, the play area is fenced on two sides with a heavy post and picket fence which has a number of pastel-painted plywood fish attached to it’s exterior face.
Between the play area and Lampson St. sidewalk is a planted border containing free-flowering perennials and shrubs such as Black-eye Susan, torch lily, bell flower, lavender, foxglove, verbascum and day lily.
Community is important to us. We welcome your feedback throughout the planning process. Please leave us your comments, questions and concerns.
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