Duck River Playground Stage 1

Location: Auburn, NSW
Project type: Landscape Architecture
Budget: $650,000
Status: Ongoing
Organisation: Cumberland Council

Cumberland City Council and Complete Urban are collaborating to develop a large area on the eastern side of the Duck River in Auburn in response to the growing needs for inclusive outdoor areas of the local community. The Duck River Playground will be a space beside the river which will provide a major recreational asset for the communities of Cumberland. It will offer fun and challenge for children of all ages as well as their carers, set in a beautiful and shaded landscape.

The site was found to be contaminated and so required a careful selection of play items that aligned with the vision and aims defined from multiple community consultation sessions as well as budget restraints. The nature-play theme design features multiple type of play and gathering areas connected via a network of accessible paths of varying surface materials and widths creating visual and tactile interest. Located outside of the fenced boundary of the gardens, the playground is accessible after-hours, increasing site-activation and providing the opportunity for visitors to enjoy the site during some of the more popular social times such as summer evenings.